Tambopata Macaw Project


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Dr Sharman Hoppes graduated from Oklahoma State University with her DVM in 1993, prior to that she worked as a registered nurse for 10 years caring for human patients. She completed an avian medicine and surgical residency in 1999 at North Carolina State University and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in avian medicine in 2000. She is an active member in the Association of Avian Veterinarians, has been on their board of directors and has chaired two Avian Welfare committees. She is also active in the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians. She joined Texas A&M University in 2006 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Zoological Medicine in the Department of Small Animal Medicine. Her research interests include avian analgesia and Proventricular Dilatation Disease in Parrots. She is married to Dr Bruce Nixon and has 2 amazing daughters Lee Ann and Lindsey. She also has 7 pet birds, 4 cats, 4 dogs and 5 rats. She loves to read, walk her dogs, play with her birds and travel with her husband.