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Laurel Degernes, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ABVP

Laurel Degernes

Professor, Avian Medicine and Epidemiology
Phone: 919.513.6346
Fax: 919.513.6464



Companion and wild avian medicine, surgery, and epidemiology.

Professional Experience & Qualifications

Research Area

My research interests include epidemiologic investigation of companion and wild avian diseases and clinical research in avian critical care management and surgery.

Selected Publications

Degernes LA. 2008. Anesthesia for companion birds. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 30(10):E1-11.

Degernes LA. 2008. Waterfowl toxicology: a review. In: LaBonde J, ed. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders 11(2):283-300.

Degernes LA. 2007. Veterinary contributions to wildlife biology: participation in avian field studies in Alaska. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 21(1):63-68.

Degernes L, Heilman S, Trogdon, M, Jordan, M, Davison M, Kraege D, Correa, M, and Cowen P. 2006. Epidemiologic investigation of lead poisoning in trumpeter and tundra swans in Washington State USA, 2000-2002. Journal of
Wildlife Diseases 42(2):345-358.

Degernes LA, Nettifee-Osborne J. 2006. A model for teaching raptor medicine in the veterinary curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 33(3):365-372.

Souza MJ, Degernes LA . 2005. Mortality Due to Aspergillosis in Wild Swans in Northwest Washington State, 2000-2002. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 19(2): 98-106.

Souza MJ, Fields EL, Degernes LA . 2004. Thoracic and Pelvic Limb Fracture and Luxation Management in Raptors: a Five Year Retrospective Study. Journal of Wildlife Rehabilitation 27 (3-4): 5-13.

Degernes LA , Harms CA, Golet GH, Mulcahy DM. 2002. Anesthesia and liver biopsy techniques for Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba) suspected of exposure to crude oil in marine environments. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 16 (4):291-99.

Degernes L , Kittelson S, Linck M, Manthey P. 2002. Survival and reproductive success of trumpeter swans after treatment for lead poisoning. Waterbirds 25 (Special Publication 1):368-374.

Edling TM, Degernes LA, Flammer K, Horne WA. 2001. Capnographic monitoring of anesthetized African grey parrots receiving intermittent positive pressure ventilation. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 219(12):1714-1718.

Degernes LA, Feduccia A. 2001. Tenectomy of the supracoracoideus muscle to deflight pigeons (Columba livia) and cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 15(1):10-16.

Degernes LA, Crosier ML, Harrison LD, Dennis PM, Diaz DE. 1999. Autologous, homologous, and heterologous red blood cell transfusions in cockatiels (Nymphicus holladicus). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 13(1):2-9.

Degernes LA, Harrison LD, Smith DW, Newton H, Ross CE, Diaz DE. 1999. Homologous and heterologous red blood cell transfusions within the genus Aratinga. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 13(1):10-14.

Degernes LA, SC Roe, CF Abrams. 1998. Holding power of different pin designs and pin insertion methods in avian cortical bone. Veterinary Surgery 27:301-306.