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The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) has recently been informed that the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee has approved AFA to be a provider of accreditation to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Veterinarians and Vet Techs requiring updates or annual certification of their professional licensing and or status.

This applies not only to the premier online course "The Fundamentals of Aviculture, level I" for 12 CEUs, but will also apply to the AFA's annual convention with its usual slate of outstanding professionals and informative speakers. What an incredible opportunity for the AFA to assist the professionals who assist us with our birds' health and wellbeing. The AFA Education Committee has a lot of great ideas coming down the pipeline. Keep watch for the "Fundamentals of Aviculture, level II" course and its continuing education units available in 2009!

The mission and purpose of the American Federation of Aviculture is to promote the advancement of aviculture through education programs that enable better husbandry, management, and living conditions for exotic birds; promote avian research and conservation of exotic birds; keep our members aware of legislative issues that affect aviculture and aviculturists, and keep legislators aware of the need for fair and equitable regulations.

Jim C. Hawley, Jr., EA
President of the American Federation of Aviculture