Before the AAV, most continuing education opportunities on avian medicine occurred at the AAZV annual conference.
The AAV was born out of discontent among avian practitioners attending the AAZV meetings.
Dr Spink met Greg Harrison at the AAZV meeting in St Louis, MO, USA (1976), where he remembers Dr Harrison's presentation on surgical sexing as the only avian talk at that meeting.
Dr Soifer was also the staff veterinarian at Houston Zoo from 1966 to 1973, and he served as AAZV President in 1973.
After Kalamazoo, the board next met in October 1980 during the AAZV annual meeting in Washington, DC.