Above: Dr Rob Marshall (centre) gave his first talk in England in 2013 at Northdowns BS. The talk at the L&SCBS marked only his second bird club talk in this country, and on the day the club’s president David Harmer (left) and chairman Ghalib Al-Nasser (right) presented Dr Marshall with a Roy Aplin painting of Australian birds


A RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN bird vet and author gave only his second-ever UK club talk last month, this time to a budgerigar society in the South.

On April 30, more than 30 members and friends of the London & Southern Counties Budgerigar Society (L&SCBS) met to listen to Dr Rob Marshall and his more than 30 years’ experience in treating birds.

Author of The Budgerigar (currently out of print) – an impressive 415-page definitive guide to budgerigars with more than 2,000 colour photographs and illustrations – Dr Marshall, from New South Wales, is much admired in the hobby and regularly presents scientific papers at national and international veterinary conferences.

“Stomach Dysfunction in Exhibition Budgerigars” was the focus of his presentation to the L&SCBS, which also touched on stress as the main trigger for mega-bacteria, going light, pH levels of drinking water, vitamin D usage, strengthening the birds’ gizzards and why brewer’s yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins.

The presentation was recorded and a DVD will be available from the club in due course.

Those in attendance included the well-respected retired British avian vet, Alan Jones – a regular contributor to this paper. Speaking to Cage & Aviary Birds, he said: “I had never before met Dr Marshall, but was aware of his name within the aviary veterinary field, and his many writings on the subject of avian medicine and nutrition.

“Rob seemed genuinely pleased that I was present and involved me in his presentation, by asking my opinion and seeking back-up on various comments.”

The following day, Dr Marshall gave a presentation to a veterinary congress in London before flying back to Sydney.

Ghalib Al-Nasser, L&SCBS chairman and secretary, commented: “With Dr Marshall’s wealth of knowledge about birds and budgerigars in particular, this was an opportunity not to be missed. 

“I was extremely pleased to see our own avian vet Alan Jones in the audience and that impressed Dr Marshall as well as our members.”

For more information about Dr Marshall, visit: www.birdhealth.com.au The full club report will appear in Club News in a forthcoming issue.

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