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About Avian Health Network, Inc.

Who we are

Avian Health Network (AHN) is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting avian research into diseases such as Proventicular Dilatation Disease (PDD).

AHN's StopPDD campaign focuses on:
  • Promoting public awareness of this deadly disease.
  • Raising funds to help support PDD research conducted by the Emerging Diseases Research Group (EDRG) at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Avian Health Network, Inc. (AHN) is a 501(C)3, non-profit charitable corporation, headquartered and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. AHN is an organization of volunteers with no paid personnel.

How we came to be


AHN was founded in 2002 by a handful of folks who became concerned by stories about the devastation of flocks and loss of beloved companion birds, all due to PDD. Read more about the birth of Avian Health Network, Inc.

What we do

AHN is dedicated to making a positive contribution to the advancement of research into causes, prevention, and treatment of PDD. Our mission is twofold: to educate and to raise funds to help advance ongoing research efforts.

The StopPDD Campaign - Please Help Avian Health Network StopPDD

AHN acknowledges the significant contributions of previous fundraising campaigns, and is honored to administer the StopPDD Campaign.

PDD is wasting type disease that can affect and is fatal in captive and free-ranging birds; especially young birds like African Greys; Macaws and Cockatoos and has been seen to spread quickly in some of the avian flocks that have been exposed.  Aviculturists, veterinary practitioners, sanctuary and rescue organizations, and pet bird clubs and owner/companions are a few of the wide range of avian communities with vested interests in seeing progress in the battle against this devastating and deadly affliction.

AHN organized an initial fundraising campaign to subsidize the research of Dr. Branson W. Ritchie and the Emerging Diseases Research Group (EDRG) at the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine. While various commercial industries have actively funded domestic and food animal research, research dollars have not been forthcoming for exotic and companion birds. EDRG has demonstrated significant progress in the diagnosis and prevention of other viral diseases, such as Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease (PBFD), and Polyomavirus, the leading cause of death in young parrots. The Group continues PDD research efforts, as well, and depends on extrainstitutional funding and support to defray the costs of laboratory supplies and technician time.

StopPDD Challenge for PDD Research

In 2005, Avian Health Network, Inc., completely redesigned its fundraising programs. Instead of single yearly fundraiser like "The Challenge" and the "Grey Poop-on Challenge", AHN now sponsors the Annual Birds of a Feather Quilt Drawing, Coins for the Cause to StopPDD or Stomp Out PDD.

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