Scott Ford

DVM, DABVP - Avian
Avian Specialist

Dr. Scott Ford joined VCA Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals in the spring of 2020. Dr. Ford is a board-certified avian specialist who provides advanced medical care, diagnostic, surgical and emergency services for avian patients at MECA on a part-time basis. His practice is restricted solely to avian patients, primarily wildlife, and he sees pet birds part time when not on field work assignments. He became interested in birds as a teenager and worked in raptor centers in Alaska and Washington to earn the experience needed for veterinary school. He graduated with his DVM from Washington State University in 1998. In 2006 he achieved board certification in avian medicine and surgery within the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. 

Dr. Ford has practiced in Washington, California, Alaska, and now lives with his husband in Milwaukee. In addition to his practice at MECA, Dr. Ford owns Avian Veterinary Specialty Services, providing avian veterinary consultation and surgical services, primarily for wildlife projects, throughout North America. He is also an avian consultant for Veterinary Information Network.  

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What is ZooMed?

A growing number of people are caring for small animals that would be considered by many to be non-traditional pets. These pets may include:

  • Companion birds
  • Turtles
  • Snakes and lizards
  • Rabbits
  • Ferrets
  • Guinea pigs and chinchillas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats and mice
  • Hamsters and gerbils

Exotic animals has specific housing, dietary and socializing requirements. Each is prone to specific diseases requiring diagnostic tests and treatments that can vary, sometimes significantly, from those needed to treat dogs and cats. Veterinarians who treat these patients have to obtain special training beyond that given in veterinary school, and specialized equipment to meet those needs.

Why should my avian/exotic pet see an avian veterinarian specialist?

Yearly wellness examinations are strongly recommended for all avian and exotic pets. Unlike dogs and cats, avian and exotic pets instinctively hide their symptoms of illness as long as possible. This means that just because they look healthy doesn't mean that they actually are. The yearly wellness examination is an opportunity to review husbandry requirements and to detect possible problems early in an effort to treat health conditions before they become advanced.

Wellness blood screening is another part of the yearly wellness exam that is important and encouraged for all avian and exotic patients, particularly as they age. Blood screening may detect liver and kidney problems much faster than with a physical exam alone, and may also detect specific diseases (such as insulinoma in ferrets) before they start showing symptoms, when these diseases is easiest to treat.

VCA Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals

3670 South 108th Street

Greenfield, WI 53228

Main: 414-543-7387 / Alt: 414-509-5200

Fax: 414-543-7386

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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