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April 13  - Join The Parrot Club on Tuesday, April 13, at 7 p.m. ET for a talk by avian veterinarian Dr. Kristin Sinclair on Caring for Elderly and Disabled Bird Companions. As companion birds live longer due to better nutrition, husbandry, and veterinary care, many of us are living with older birds that may have survived injuries that in the past might have been fatal. There are also growing numbers of companion birds with chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and other ailments requiring adjustments to housing or the need for chronic medication administration. Dr. Sinclair will help us learn how to cope with these issues, including cage accommodations, special foods, activity considerations, medications, and veterinary care, and provide the best possible lives to our aging and disabled feathered friends!

Dr. Sinclair, a New Hampshire native, received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 2005. She then completed a small animal rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in 2006, and an avian and exotics internship at the Broward Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in 2007. She completed a residency in Companion Animal and Exotic Pet Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, Davis, in 2011 and became a board-certified specialist in avian medicine in 2012. In 2016 she received her Exotic Companion Mammal certification. She moved back to New England in 2011 and joined the Kensington Bird & Animal Hospital team in 2013. Her interests include soft tissue surgery and small mammal medicine, particularly small rodents. She is owned by two rambunctious cat-beasts, two leopard geckos, and a merry mischief of rats and mice.

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The Parrot Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by a group of people interested in spreading the fun and enjoyment of exotic birds. The Parrot Club meets the second Tuesday of the month, March through December, with a picnic in August. There is social time from 6:30-7 p.m. followed by a program.

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Our mission includes enhancing the knowledge and enjoyment of exotic birds for our members, encouraging preservation and conservation of all avian species, and introducing the general public to the joys and responsibilities of keeping and caring for companion birds.

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The Parrot Club meets at the Veteran's Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Drive
East Hartford, CT  (directions)
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P.O. Box 463
Hartford, CT 06141-0463

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