Scott Ford, DVM, Diplomate ABVP-Avian
I became obsessed with birds as a teenager and was pursuing a degree in ornithology when, in 1989, I learned of the relatively new field of avian medicine. I worked in raptor centers in Alaska and Washington to earn the experience needed for veterinary school. I graduated from Washington State University in 1998 and practiced for four years at All Creatures Animal Hospital, a small animal, avian, and exotic hospital in Bremerton, Washington. I also volunteered veterinary services to West Sound Wildlife Shelter. I then returned to Alaska as the staff veterinarian at the Alaska Raptor Center for two years and later ran my own ambulatory service for birds and exotics in northwestern Washington and assisted Washington Fish and Wildlife in eagle management. From 2004-2008, I practiced with Dr. Brian Speer at the Medical Center for Birds in California. In 2006 I achieved board certification in avian medicine and surgery within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. I became an avian medicine consultant on the Veterinary Information Network in 2007. From 2008-2009 I practiced at the Bird and Exotic Clinic of Seattle. I started Avian Specialty Veterinary Services of Alaska in 2007 as a way to continue working with wildlife and pet birds in Alaska. At the end of 2009 I began to devote all of my time to the business and dropped the "Alaska" part because I expanded to include several clinics in Washington. I also began supporting field work and technical consulting all over North America. In 2013 I met Colin Stuart and relocated to Milwaukee, WI where I continue to practice pet bird medicine part-time. I also continue online consulting and head out on fieldwork assignments from time to time. In my spare time I enjoy creating bird-related digital art and authoring fiction. I'm also an avid aviator and work part-time at a local airfield.