Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic was founded by Dr Colin Walker, a successful pigeon racer and international authority on pigeon health and diseases. While now retired, Dr Walker has trained his successors at the clinic and still consults with the avian veterinarians regarding challenging pigeon health issues.

Pigeons have a distinct range of health problems compared with other birds species. With racing pigeons,  there is  the challenge of all that goes into keeping birds at peak performance for both racing and breeding. These articles have been written by Dr Walker and other avian veterinarians and are based around common issues seen at Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call the clinic on (03) 9764 9000

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Preparation for the breeding season
• Some thoughts on selection
• Streptococcus Infections in pigeons
• The Diagnosis Of Disease
• The Maintenance of Race Form – Coccidiosis
• Visible Indicators of Health In The Head And The Throat
• Young Bird Disease

• Australia’s New Genetic Frontier
• Avian Mythbusters
• Slow Crop
• Dead in shell youngsters
• Effect of heat and humidity during a race
• Flight and wing structure
• Artificial Incubation and hand-raising
• The Dry Seed Diet – Its Supplementation To Enchance Health
• Health Matters
• Use of acids in pigeons
• Use of probiotics in pigeons
• Vitamin supplements
• Panting
• The Use of Pelletted Rations in Pigeons
• Preparation of the stock birds for the breeding season
• Fungi and Pigeons
• Council Concerns – This may help
• Submission of samples from a distance for diagnosis
• Could this be part of the reason why we are losing pigeons in distance racing?
• The effect of quarantine on the health of imported pigeons and its ramifications for Australian fanciers
• Air sac disease: the disease, a possible vaccine and treatment
• Pigeon Pox Vaccination
• Bad Food
• The Syrian Tarbesh (Abu Abse Wammentauben) in Australia
• The PMV Outbreak in Victoria
• The PMV Outbreak in Victoria – Part 2
 Practical Feeeding for Performance
• Surgery and Anaesthesia in Pigeons
• Statewide 700 Mile Race 2009
• Use of the LaSota Vaccine in Pigeons
• VHA 600 Mile Race 2010