Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice)

Michelle Hawkins
  • Professor, Companion Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Director of the California Raptor
  • Department of Medicine and Epidemiol, School of Veterinary Medicine
2213 Tupper Hall

The focus of our laboratory is on anesthesia, analgesia, and critical patient care for avian species. Current areas of research include (1) determining the number and distribution of opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord of various species of birds to help focus studies of analgesic drugs and (2) evaluating the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of analgesic drugs in birds for use in the treatment of avian pain. Our laboratory also conducts other studies that apply directly to avian medicine, such as the assessment of clinicopathologic changes in birds associated with specific diseases.