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Dr. Scott McDonald, DVM

About Scott E McDonald, DVM

Scott E McDonald was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He went to Purdue University and graduated from the school of veterinary medicine in 1975 at the age of 23. He then did an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Berwyn Veterinary Associated in Berwyn, IL until 1978.

Dr McDonald’s primary interest has always been exotic animal medicine and a desire to be a zoo vet. In 1978 he became a resident in zoological medicine at the school of veterinary medicine, University of California, at Davis. He became part of a team that provided health care service to the Sacramento zoo and to pet exotic animals that were presented to the veterinary school. Parrots were the most common animals seen and it was at this time that Dr McDonald’s interest in pet bird medicine began in earnest. While at Davis, Dr McDonald helped develop and implement surgical sexing of birds and was the first person to provide this service in northern California.

In 1980 Dr McDonald moved back to the Chicago area and became a staff veterinarian for the Brookfield zoo where he worked for the next 5 years.

In 1985 he worked for Animal and Bird Hospital in Norco, California which at the time was one of the largest pet bird hospitals in the United States. While there he met his future wife, Gina, whom he married in 1989.

In 1986, Dr McDonald, along with Dr’s Richard Nye and Susan Brown formed a partnership and started Midwest Bird Exotic Animal Hospital, in Westchester, IL. At the time, this was the first exclusively avian and exotic animal practice in the Midwest. He worked there until 2002.

In 2002 Dr McDonald pursued a mobile, pet bird practice called Avian Laparoscopy. What had been a part time practice since 1980 became a full time endeavor. Services include surgical sexing of birds, health examinations and grooming, and aviary consultation. He continues this practice today.

In the past Dr McDonald was an adjunct professor for the schools of veterinary medicine at Purdue, Illinois, and Wisconsin and taught introductory pet bird medicine and surgery to veterinary students for 14 years. He is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and served as the Education Chairman from 1989-1993. He has authored over 20 papers concerning avian topics and is an occasional lecturer at professional meetings and bird club functions.


Scott currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago, Il with his wife Gina, two teenage boys, Blake and Brian, and a house full of furry, feathery, scaly, and slimy friends.

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