The International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey is directed by the objectives listed in our constitution. These include the call to promote veterinary research into birds of prey.
Looking beyond this, it is our intention to establish the IAF, the globally representative organization for falconry, to be the expert organization with respect to the welfare and management of falconry raptors.
To this end we have encouraged specialist raptor veterinarians to take part in IAF at the highest level and our current Vice-president for Europe is Prof. Dr. med. vet. Thomas Richter, specialist in animal husbandry and ethology at Nürtingen-Geislingen University in Germany.
Also serving as a veterinary expert on our Advisory Committee is Dr. Ladislav Molnár of the department of Birds and Exotic Animals at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice, Slovakia.
Both of these distinguished veterinarians are falconers with extensive medical experience with birds of prey. They have kindly allowed some of their papers to be available for free download from the IAF website.
Veterinay Conference, Doha January 2014
This conference has provided an invaluable platform to further both our objective and aim. These proceedings, as the product of the conference, result from the assembly of some of the world’s leading raptor veterinarians who have been willing to share their learning and wisdom with both other veterinarians and with falconers.
Our thanks go to all the participants who contributed to the success of this event as well as to the sponsors and supporters which include the Algannas Club of Qatar, the Katara Cultural Village and the Souk Waqif Falconry Hospital. Without their generous and visionary support, this event would have been impossible.
It is our hope that this conference is just the first in an effort to promote the veterinary care of falconry birds.
This is the official proceedings of the conference and consists of the thirteen papers presented by top raptor vets. It is available here for free download. To obtain a printed version please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Print and postal charges will apply.