Posted: Aug. 17, 2011, 8:00 p.m., EDT
The American Federation of Aviculture Inc., a nonprofit educational organization based in Austin, has added a second course to its Fundamentals of Aviculture online certification series.
Fundamentals of Aviculture Level II, Intermediate Aviculture, covers a wealth of material spanning conservation and research, courtship and nesting, basic avian genetics, color mutations, hybrids, breeding stimuli, incubation, hand-rearing, non-parrot studies, basic microbiology, illness, first-aid and avian enrichment, among other topics.
The newly released second course builds upon the foundation course, Fundamentals of Aviculture Level I. Written by aviculturist Rick Jordan and international bird behaviorist Barbara Heidenreich, Fundamentals of Aviculture covers how to provide proper housing, detecting and preventing illness in your birds, anatomy and physiology, reproduction in captivity, avian behavior, scientific classifications, and laws and regulations affecting aviculture, among other topics.
Successful completion of Fundamentals of Aviculture provides students with the credentials of AFA Certified Aviculturist, Level 1. Successful completion of Intermediate Aviculture upgrades students with the credentials of AFA Certified Aviculturist, Level II.
Development of the online certification series was made possible by funding and support from The Pet Care Trust and Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. <HOME>
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