It's not IF an animal emergency is going to happen...it's WHEN.
Learn what to do for any emergency and critical care situation so you can be prepared!


"Thank you for sharing your emergency protocols! I've learned so much and feel ready for any emergency. It really puts my mind at ease to know I'm prepared!
-Lisa B.

Are you ready for your next bird emergency?

Emergencies are not a reflection of your level of care - it's just a part of having animals in your care.

Life happens! And the more you are prepared, the better you will handle the situation - for both you and your bird.

This course will help you be prepared for emergency and critical care cases. We will be showing real-life situations so you can learn from our experiences firsthand.

You will learn:

How to build your emergency toolkit

What to look for in different types of emergencies

Why records are so important

How to handle veterinary advice

Hospitalization or care at home

Administering care

What skills would be helpful to train NOW, before necessary in an emergency

Learn the skills, mindset, and techniques you need to handle any bird emergency. Gain confidence in your abilities so you are always prepared!

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    Handling emergency situations requires a
    DIFFERENT level of thinking.

    "This is helping me get through our bird being sick right now. I still don’t have a diagnosis but watching y’all get some answers has been so incredibly helpful on the emotional front."


    About your instructor

    Hillary Hankey

    Hillary Hankey is a world renowned professional bird trainer, behavior consultant, and falconer. For over 20 years, she has worked at and consulted for zoos and educational facilities to help bring adventurous and intimate animal encounters to guests all over the world. 

    In 2013, Hillary founded Avian Behavior International, a bird training and education organization, located on 22 acres in San Diego, California. Hillary spends her days analyzing, studying and practicing the art and science of animal training with a diverse collection of birds in Southern California, while also passionately raising awareness and funds for critical conservation challenges around the planet.

    With a goal of helping to strengthen the connection between animals and the humans that care for them with the most progressive, positive, and constructional techniques, Hillary offers numerous in person workshops, online courses, and is also the founder of The Avian Behavior Lab, where she offers online training tutorials and guidance for animal lovers of all levels.


    What you will learn in HANDLING A BIRD EMERGENCY COURSE

    What is a bird emergency? How do you get prepared for something that hasn't happened? 

    In this lesson, we will talk about how to get mentally prepared, what to watch out for, and what to expect from your bird during a time of distress.

    If there are two things to remember when it comes to bird health, it’s that a) birds are really good at hiding symptoms of illness so you often won't notice something is wrong until it is very very wrong and b) it’s virtually impossible to define what is and what is not an emergency as it varies for every person and every bird. In this lesson, we will talk about what to look for and what to do.

    In this lesson, we will talk about being your bird's advocate and the importance of being proactive in veterinary situations. Medical care is stressful. This lesson will help guide you so you're better able to make difficult decisions during this stressful time.

    In this lesson, we talk about in-home procedures that you can do to administer care. This lesson is intended to be in coordination with the advice of your avian veterinarian. 

    How this course sets you up for success

    If you have ever been in an emergency situation, you know how stressful it can be. You feel very alone and it's often hard to take proactive action.

    This course will help prepare you so that when an emergency hits, you can remain calm and take the necessary steps while being present for your bird.


    The Avian Behavior Lab Restraining A bird

    BONUS #1


    Restraining a bird is an important aspect of proper bird care. It allows for safe handling, grooming, veterinary examination, and especially in emergency situations.

    Learning to restrain your bird helps to build trust and a bond between you and your bird. Without proper restraint, your bird may become stressed, anxious, and even aggressive. This essential skill is necessary for both the safety of your bird and yourself.

    BONUS #2


    Teaching your bird to take medication from a syringe voluntarily can improve your bird's health and well-being, as well as make it easier for you.

    Whether it's an emergency or administering the medication on a regular basis, learning this skill will make it easier and less stressful for both of you. There will be less struggle, reducing the risk of injury to your bird or yourself.

    BONUS #3


    Training your bird to voluntarily go into a crate helps to keep your bird safe and calm - even in an emergency - and helps you maintain a healthy relationship with your bird.

    Stressful interactions can have a measurable impact on your relationship and your bird’s health. Crating for car rides can set up an unpleasant relationship with that activity for your birds.  We can turn that extreme negative into a huge positive by training a mutually beneficial interaction.

    Be prepared for your next bird emergency
    with an emergency toolkit, the right mindset, and all of the skills you need to get through the challenge with less stress and more confidence.

    This class is only offered for a limited time!

    Handling A Bird Emergency

    Restraining a Bird Course (BONUS)

    Taking Medication From a Syringe Voluntarily (BONUS)


    Riding Voluntarily in a Crate (BONUS)



    • Lessons including step by step training
    • Teacher's notes

    Have questions?

    Here are some of our commonly asked questions.

    How long does it take to complete this course?

    This course has 5 modules. Everybody's learning pace is different. We recommend you go at your own pace and watch lessons multiple times if need be to really understand and gain confidence in the lessons.

    What format is this course in?

    The course is on demand streaming video. It includes step by step, guided examples of the content we provide, with proven results from our decades of experience.

    I am not having an animal emergency. How will this course help me?

    The best way to be prepared for an animal emergency is to be prepared ahead of time. When you are in the midst of an emergency, it's too late. You won't have time to learn, you won't have the proper supplies on hand, and you won't have the ability to teach your bird the necessary skills (i.e. restraining your bird, voluntarily taking medications, etc) that could make the experience easier.

    How long do I have access to this course?

    Once you purchase the course, you will have lifetime access to it so you can refer to it if you need a refresher.

    What if I find that this course is not for me? Can I get a refund?

    We strongly stand behind what we teach at Avian Behavior. However we understand that our style of teaching may not resonate with everyone. We offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

    "Thank you for addressing this topic! A real reminder of how important it is that we advocate for our parrots and seek second opinions."

    Lee S.

    The importance of knowing where your animal behavior information comes from cannot be understated. The experience here at Avian Behavior Lab comes from Founder Hillary Hankey's years as a professional behavior consultant for zoos and companion animal owners around the world, managing a training organization, and living with and training animals just like yours.

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