I told you this was coming. I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to contact Dr. Amy Hopkins and ask her if she will come on a live stream here in The Parrot Project. I am honored to interview her and have her share with us the health precautions we need to take when sharing our lives with birds. These topics range from diseases that can be transferred from people to parrots and parrots to people, and concerns we can take precautions while sharing our lives with them. You will not want to miss this! I’ve seen her speak before and will be meeting her in March. Be sure to read her biography below.
Dr. Amy Hopkins is a Connecticut physician who trained at Yale for both internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. She also has a Masters of Public Health and a Ph.D. in biophysics. As a specialist in environmental medicine, she focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, including other animals. She has previously co-authored environmental health technical guidelines for the Peace Corps to use in undeveloped countries. She has the good fortune to be companion to three wonderful birds, two cockatiels and a galah, not to mention an elderly turtle, and is also an avid bird-watcher, both locally and around the world. She is President of The Parrot Club, Connecticut’s oldest companion bird club. She is also a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and has worked with both songbirds and raptors. As both a physician and a lover of all things avian, she is very interested in the health effects of our interactions with birds.