Welcome to Our Practice

 

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We are a veterinary clinic that ONLY treats pet birds. We do not see birds of prey and only see pet chickens, ducks and geese as surgical referral cases. We have a Mission to Advance Avian Medicine throughout Southern California and the world and hope you decide to take the time to learn from all the information this site contains. On behalf of The BIRD Clinic and our staff we welcome you to our website. First, please check the " Website Updates " for a chronology of the website's development and changes. This website overall is a way to assist our new and existing clients with their Avian Veterinary Needs and continually strive to earn your confidence in us. We also have many Client Handouts  to help you with your avian education. 

  The Clinic is Closed Thursdays and Sundays See Clinic Hours

    
Our BIRD Clinic handouts can be very useful to you, especially the toxin handout.

Please check them out.....  

If Dr Nemetz is out of town the dates will be listed below on this homepage

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL CLIENTS!

Dr Nemetz unfortunately had an accident that damaged both of his shoulders that may
require surgical repair.  Please see below a chronology of events that may affect the clinic.
(Once the actual date is confirmed this website will be updated)

Updated February 12, 2024

Dr Nemetz is in his 4th week of physical therapy and even though there is still 24/7 pain in the left shoulder the therapist said things are progressing well and there is more range of motion. The true test is the level of pain after he performs any major microsurgical procedure, but so far at this stage it looks a bit encouraging that surgery might be avoided.

Updated January 18, 2024

Dr Nemetz decided to seek a second opinion (after surgery was scheuled for Feb 13, 2024) because of the severity of his injuries,
the long 
post-surgical recovery time, as well as the major impact to his practice and all of his patients. Based on a deeper evaluation
of the MRI's, the opinion was that part of both shoulder pathology was from the past and the fall exacerbated the instability in the joints.
Also, the possibility of a full repair of the left shoulder injury was not assured even with surgery.  It was agreed to try targeted
physical therapy first for 3 months and then reevaluate the situation.  Therefore, for the present time
the clinic will be operating as normal until the physical therapy is concluded in April and a reevaluation is performed.
Thank you all for understanding during this uncertain time.

Dr Nemetz unfortunately had an accident November 1, 2023 that damaged both of his shoulders that will probably
require surgical repair. The exact date has not been scheduled, but will probably be in FEBRUARY, 2024.

                                                                                                    Updated January 09, 2024


At that time the Clinic will be Closed for ALL veterinary care for approximately 4 months.

Yes, this is a long time, but the recovery process for two shoulder surgeries would be extremely challenging
and to get back to the level of function necessary to perform the procedures we do requires this time.
All previously scheduled conference lecturing/consultation/travel have now been cancelled for this year.

The biggest concern is for our patients that require various medications refilled each month for
chronic inflammatory disease, atherosclerosis, heart disease, etc. and after the new regulations passed in Jan 2024
have no other options for a 30 day water-based compounding formulation

To resolve this issue and still be physically able to perform the technical task of compounding these medications
Dr Nemetz will have help of staff and his wife to accomplish this important patient need except the week of each surgery
1. Compounded medications will ONLY be available for pick up on SATURDAYS
2. ALL requests for refills MUST be called in by the previous MONDAY by 4:00pm PST
There will be NO exceptions! Since we process over 50 prescriptions/week the staff
will need these days in between to log all the calculations and get the bottles ready for Dr Nemetz/wife to compound
If the request is not in by the previous Monday it will be filled on the following Saturday. 
There is NO problem in calling in two weeks early or at each pick up scheduling the next pick up but again there will be no exceptions
in a given week if the request comes in after Monday at 4:00pm PST because of the difficulty involved in making this happen.

This is a very unfortunate event, but we want to both care for our patients as much as we can while also being sure Dr Nemetz will heal

Lecturing iCare Conference in Belgium
NOW CANCELLED
Wednesday April 17, 2024 until Sunday April 28, 2024

Lecturing AAV conference
NOW CANCELLED

June 28 - July 3, 2024

Brazilian consultation
NOW CANCELLED
August 2024

The BIRD Clinic has normal appointment scheduling for all avian cases, but our sick bird caseload
is high due to the fact many clinics in Southern California no longer treat birds.

This has caused the unfortunate side effect that it could take over a week to
get that appointment
and for a sick bird that is not a good situation.

Since mid 2021, to help with this high caseload and still accept new clients/patients we needed to stop no-shows
and short notice cancellation of appointments that directly hurt the ability for us to see other patients
that need and deserve care, but could not receive the care they needed because of other's lack of courtesy,
so our new policies have become permanent to help prevent this situation.

 ALL new clients AND existing clients that make an appointment for their bird at The BIRD Clinic
will be expected to show up within 10 minutes of their schedule appointment time or
call us with advance notice (24hrs) if they will be cancelling. 

If you do not show up or give us less than 24hrs prior notice for a cancellation you are directly hurting one of the 10+
patients per day that we have to refuse because our booked schedule, therefore at The BIRD Clinic's sole discretion you 
will no longer be offered any services for you or your pet bird in the future. Do not become part of the list that now exceeds 180. 

We DO NOT take WALK INS or EMERGENCIES unless they are approved first by phone.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we at the Bird Clinic want to continue to help with
the wellbeing of our avian pets as well as also keeping our clients healthy.

If you need ANY Rx refills, PLEASE contact us ahead of time so they can be taken care of.

We require 24hrs lead time (1 full business day) to refill prescriptions as many are custom compounded for your pet bird.  

  Clients ask us, where do we take our bird if The BIRD Clinic is closed? This is not an easy question to answer

since there are very few veterinarians that are comfortable in treating birds.

Veterinarians that we suggest if the clinic is closed
 

Westminster Vet Group
(General) Westminster
(714) 899-1100

Attila Molnar, ABVP Boarded (Med/Surgery)
Calabasas
(818) 600-1838

Ann McDowell
(Medicine) Claremont
(909) 625-1561

       




For After Hour Emergencies if an avian vet is available
Garden Grove Emergency Clinic
Garden Grove
(714) 537-3032

The BIRD Clinic staff is here to listen to your questions and concerns on an individual basis.
We pride ourselves on quality and excellent communication in giving your bird personal veterinary care.
We have established many long-term relationships with our clients/patients some exceeding 3 decades, and this is still our number one goal.

For Appointments or Medical inquiries please call: (714) 633-2910
Driving Directions to The Bird Clinic

 

  • Meet Your
    Doctor


    Dr. Nemetz' family has lived in Southern California since 1938. He was raised in Santa Ana and has lived there most of his life. Dr. Nemetz moved to Irvine in 2009 and then back to the City of Orange in 2020 to be closer to the clinic. He practiced veterinary medicine in Santa Ana for 20 years until he moved to the new facility in Orange in 2007.

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    A Question to Think About

    How many veterinary practices in the United States treat ONLY birds? 

    Only SEVEN (2024)!