Summertree Offers Avian Care & Services for Dallas Bird Owners

Pet Wellness Care

Birds require special skill and handling, especially from your veterinarian. Summertree Animal & Bird Clinic offers more than 30 years of experience in comprehensive avian wellness care, medical diagnostics and treatment, avian surgery, and even bird boarding and grooming services.

Pet bird owners enjoy a supportive team that provides extraordinary veterinary care, customer service, and individual guidance through one-on-one avian consultations. In addition, we offer a library of avian care information and resources designed to address the needs of every type of bird owner.


For the Love of Birds

Our veterinarians offer years of training and experience in caring for our feathered friends. Meet the professionals that may be caring for your bird:

Dr. Hugh Hays

is among the first veterinarians in north Texas to see and treat pet birds. A member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians since 1985, Dr. Hays has actively followed the advancement of avian medicine. He recognizes the importance of treating pet birds “as a whole,” providing for both their physical and intellectual needs.

Dr. Laura Brazelton

has experience caring and treating injured wildlife, including hawks, owls, and other birds. During vet school, she served on the board of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV) and worked as an avian nursery attendant at the Brookfield Zoo. She pursued further training from experts in exotic medicine at several institutions across the country, participating in externships at the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Zoo, Louisiana State University, and The Ohio State University. Prior to joining our team, Dr. Brazelton practiced in an avian and exotic veterinary facility in the Midwest.

Dr. Jacquelyn Curfman

has special interest in the areas of avian/exotic medicine, emergency/critical care, canine and feline internal medicine, and surgery. Her attraction to veterinary medicine started in high school when she joined a veterinary hospital, assisting the veterinarians and hospital team with the daily care of patients. After she completed her undergraduate degree, Dr. Curfman chose to work with children and became a middle school science teacher. Her passion for animals, however, quickly led to her application and acceptance at the Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her years at A & M, Dr. Curfman served on the board of directors of the Impact Animal Foundation. She also volunteered with rescue groups dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned pets. Dr. Curfman graduated Magna Cum Laude and joined the Summertree veterinary health care team in June 2012.

As you can see, your special pet is in good hands at Summertree.


Your Bird’s First Visit

Your bird’s first visit with us will include a comprehensive physical examination and wing and nail trim (if needed), as well as consultation on appropriate nutrition, general husbandry, environmental enrichment, and guidance on building a healthy human-to-bird bond. The physical exam gives a good indication if your bird is healthy on the outside, and some diagnostics are performed to confirm that your new pet is also healthy on the inside.

Learn what to expect from Summertree Clinic’s avian wellness care program and view our special handout for bird owners—you may even download and print it for future reference: New Bird Exam.


Bird Care Resources

Enjoy the AVMA’s brochure What You Should Know About Selecting a Bird.

Visit Bird Channel, a fun online magazine for bird lovers of all ages.

Balancing You Parrot’s Lifestyle is a helpful article by the experts at Veterinary Partner.

The focus of renowned animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich’s website, Good Bird Inc, is to foster “the human–animal bond with positive reinforcement.” This website is a great resource for learning to train your pet bird, as well as addressing behavior problems that often occur due to misunderstanding the way our parrots and other pets communicate with us.