• The Avian Medical Center

    Veterinary care for the unique needs of birds


    The Avian Medical Center

    15952 Quarry Road

    Lake Oswego, OR 97035



    About Us


    The Avian Medical Center was established in 1984, and is currently the only veterinary clinic exclusively for birds in Oregon. Located in Lake Oswego, we’re just a short drive from downtown Portland. Our staff are experienced, well trained and have birds of their own.


    From parrots to finches, from chickens to geese, we have the experience to meet the unique veterinary needs of your special bird. We are dedicated to ensuring that your bird receives the exceptional care it needs to be healthy and happy. If you have questions about anything bird related, please ask us. We are happy to help!



    Our Hours


    Please keep in mind we are closed from 12 PM until 1 PM every day, to keep our staff sharp! All calls received during this time will be returned after lunch. Our phone number is 503-635-5672.

    Monday: 8 AM to 5 PM - Appointments 10 AM to 4:00 PM
    Tuesday: 8 AM to 8 PM - Appointments 3 PM to 7:00 PM
    Wednesday: 8 AM to 5 PM - No Appointments Dr. not in office
    Thursday: 8 AM to 5 PM - Appointments 10 AM to 4:00 PM
    Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM - Appointments 10 AM to 4:00 PM
    Saturday: 9 AM to 12 PM - Appointments 9 AM to 11:30 AM SOME SATURDAYS
    Sunday: Closed


    Attention: Doctor Lintner will be out of office 2/1/2020-2/17/2020. Will return to office on 2/18/2020

  • Emergencies

    If you are having an emergency during Avian Medical Center's open appointment hours, please contact us at 503-635-5672 for an emergency admissions appointment.


    What to Expect


    Once we learn of your situation we will give you a time to bring your bird in (typically as soon as you can get to us). Your bird will then be admitted to our hospital for immediate supportive care.


    At the front desk we will ask you to complete a questionnaire so we can get some background information about your bird’s situation and history thus far. One of our technicians will bring your bird back to our hospital area to begin treatment and once your bird has stabilized and we’ve had a chance to assess their condition, we will update you on their status and Dr. Lintner’s treatment plan.


    Though this may be a frightening time for you, we request that you remain in the lobby during your bird’s treatment so that our trained medical staff can devote their attention to your birds’ needs.


    *For emergencies AFTER Avian Medical Center HOURS, you may wish to contact:

    The Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin


  • Directions

    The Avian Medical Center is located at:

    15952 Quarry Road
    Lake Oswego, OR 97035



    If you are HEADING NORTH taking I-5

    Follow I-5 North
    Take Exit 290 (Lake Oswego, Durham)
    Take Right at stop light onto Boones Ferry
    Go 1.5 miles and enter Lake Grove
    Turn Left onto Oak Ridge (landmark: Chevron Gas station on the left)
    Turn Left onto Quarry Rd (landmark: four-way stop)
    We will be the 2nd driveway on the left

    If you are HEADING SOUTH taking I-5

    Follow I-5 south
    Take Exit 292 (Hwy 217)
    Turn Left at light onto Kruse Way
    Go 1.5 miles until the road ‘T’s (Kruse Way ‘ends’ at Boones Ferry)
    Turn Right onto Boones Ferry
    Go 3/4 mile and Turn Right onto Quarry Road (landmark: Albertsons)
    We will be the third driveway on the Right

    If you are HEADING EAST taking Hwy 217

    Follow 217 to Kruse Way (landmark: 217 ‘becomes’ Kruse Way at I-5)
    Go 1.5 miles and then turn Right onto Boones Ferry
    Go 3/4 mile and turn Right onto Quarry Road (landmark: Albertsons)
    We will be the third driveway on the Right

    If you are coming from LAKE OSWEGO

    From State Street (also known as Hwy 43)
    Turn Right onto “A” Avenue
    Stay to Right onto Country Club Road (landmark: 10th Street)
    Take Left onto Boones Ferry
    Turn Right onto OakRidge Road
    Turn Left onto Quarry
    We will be 2nd driveway on Left

  • Appointments

    Just give us a call at 503-635-5672. Appointments are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays.

    To allow ample time for all patients and scheduled surgical procedures, we operate primarily by appointment. Emergency cases do receive top priority, which is why occasional appointment delay can occur. We make a sincere attempt to see each bird on time, but can’t always predict when an emergency may need our full attention.


    For added convenience, a limited number of ‘drop-off’ appointments are available. These appointments allow you to bring your bird at the time that works best for you and leave him/her with us for treatment. Usually we will ask you to drop off before 10am. We will contact you to go over the diagnosis and treatment plan. If you have a specific time that you would like to pick up, please let us know when you come in. We do our best to accommodate your needs.


    Due to our large client base we often book out about a week. Please plan accordingly and call about a week ahead for routine appointments.

  • Boarding

    Whether you’re headed off on a business trip, headed out for a much needed vacation, or just want to give your “feathered kids” a chance to meet some new friends, we’d love to provide experienced care and the “home away from home” that your bird needs while you are away!


    Offering high quality professional boarding in a clean, friendly, and comfortable environment, we have different areas to meet the different needs of individual birds. Smaller birds are generally housed away from larger birds, and sensitive birds away from their noisier friends. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your bird more comfortable during their stay!


    Our cage or yours? Though you are always welcome to bring your own, we also offer safe and suitable cages to fit a wide variety of birds! From parrots to chickens we are sure to have a suitable “second home” for while you are away. Feel free to also check out our toy and handmade perch selection to see if your bird could use something special until you return.


    We encourage you to contact us as far in advance as possible to reserve your space as we do fill up, especially during the holidays and throughout the summer. We do our best to accommodate last minute boarders though, so don’t hesitate to give us a call, especially in the event of an emergency!


    Contact us at 503-635-5672 to make your reservation today!




    In order to provide the best possible care for our patients, and to ensure the health and safety of all of our boarders, the Avian Medical Center requires a health examination and fecal analysis to have been performed by Dr. Lintner within the last year of your reservation. We are happy to perform the exam and fecal, as well as any other grooming services, during the bird’s stay if that is more convenient.


    Drop off and pick up times are available Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, Tuesday evening hours are extended to 8pm and on Saturdays we are available from 9am to noon. The clinic is closed from 12 to 1 daily for lunch.

  • Doc Talk

    By Marli Lintner, DVM ©2016



    Can I feed fruits and vegetables to my bird?


    Fruits and vegetables are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. We recommend feeding a selection at least three times weekly with enough volume to make up 30-40% of the total diet. Fresh produce is more stable and can be safely left in the cage for a day. Cooked or thawed frozen are acceptable but will spoil faster. It is also important to note that while chopping food finely to encourage the eating of more variety, the finer food is chopped the faster it will brown or spoil. The bird beak is strong enough to tear apart most any fruit or vegetable given! Canned food often has large amounts of added salt or sugar, spoils very quickly, and therefore is not recommended.


    Eating should be fun and entertaining as well. They are very social eaters and will often try more variety if eating with their owners. It is common for birds to enjoy a food item for a couple weeks or months and then to decide not to eat it anymore. This is normal and mirrors wild eating habits as items come in and out of season. Vary your selection as items move in and out of season.


    Are there any that I should avoid?


    Avocados should be avoided because some parts of this fruit are known to be toxic. Citrus is too acidic, especially lemons, limes and grapefruit. Small amounts of orange are okay. Please avoid large amounts of kale, spinach and collards. Dark greens are too high in oxalates and minerals and large amounts can effect the avian renal system.


    Will my bird get diarrhea from eating fruits and vegetables?

    Because of the high water content of fruits and vegetables, owners are frequently concerned about “diarrhea”. What you are witnessing is increased urine output, which is normal with high moisture consumption.


    Remember to feed your pet bird with the same common sense as you would use for you and your family. This includes portion control. No volume of any one item that is larger than the bird’s head is an easy reference. Wash all produce well as birds are very sensitive to pesticides and other sprays. Organic foods are preferred.


    Are there any other tips for feeding fruits and vegetables to my bird?

    • Always monitor the amount of food eaten every day by each bird.
    • Offer fresh water in a clean container every day.
    • Offer fresh fruits and vegetables every day
    • Wash thoroughly all fruits and vegetables as if eating them yourself
    • Clean all food and water dishes daily.
    • to a food item one day does not mean “no” forever - KEEP TRYING!
    • Fruits and veggies with dark pigment can affect stool color dramatically. (Ex. blueberry, beet, carrot)

    What are the recommended fruits and vegetables to give my bird?


    Some suggested food items include:





    Beans (cooked or fresh)





    Brussels sprouts





    Bok Choy















    Peppers (all sorts, but not too hot)





    Romaine lettuce*


    Summer squash

    Sweet potato*




    * high in vitamin A