• The Avian Medical Center

    Veterinary care for the unique needs of birds

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    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!

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    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: 9 AM to 4 PM - Appointments 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Tuesday: 9 AM to 4 PM - Appointments 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Wednesday: 9 AM to 2 PM
    Thursday: 9 AM to 4 PM - Appointments 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Friday: 9 AM to 4 PM - Appointments 9 AM to 3:30 PM
    Saturday: Closed
    Sunday: Closed



    Notice of price increase

    June 1st 2022

    The Avian Medical Center works hard to keep our prices as low as possible and still provide a high level of veterinary services for our patients.


    Due to increase in our operating expenses we will be doing a small price increase as of June 1st.


    If you would like a quote of our updated charges please inquire at the front desk before your appointment.


    Thank You,


    Marli Lintner DVM

    and the Avian Medical Center Staff


    Holiday Hours:  

    Friday December 23rd we will be open 9am-12pm

    Monday December 26th: closed

  • 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.


    Please call before arriving at the clinic

  • 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.

    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 between 9 and 11 am. 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 or two out. 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!


    Notice of Boarding Policy Change

    The Avian Medical Center strives to provide the highest level of care for our boarding clients.


    To insure that boarding birds who require water medication are receiving the correct dose and quality of medication, we will be mixing all water medication daily at the clinic. We will no longer allow owners to use pre-mixed water medications.


    We will be using only in house medications so there is no need to bring in your birds prescriptions when boarding.


    We will no longer have a different charge for birds who board in their own cages instead of using one of our cages.


    Boarding will be charged as basic boarding or specialized boarding.


    Basic boarding will cover cage cleaning, fresh water, Volkman seed mix or owner provided dry foods, fresh fruit and veggies.


    Specialized boarding will cover any water medications and or complicated food preparations that involves thawing or heating of owner provided diet.


    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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 4pm. And Wednesdays we are open from 9am-2pm. The clinic is closed from 12pm to 1pm daily for lunch.

  • Doc Talk

    By Marli Lintner, DVM ©2020

    Nutritional Alert

    My most frequently asked questions about bird health have always revolved around nutrition. And no other topics has elicited more misinformation, rumors, crazy fads and just plain lack of common sense.


    But facts are in on the dangers of cholesterol in bird diets. We are seeing a dramatic increase in coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis. As such I want to make some immediate recommendations.


    1. if you are feeding hard boiled or scrambled eggs... STOP. Parrots do not eat eggs. Eggs are way too high in cholesterol for their systems. They do eat insects on occasion in the wild but vast majority of insects do NOT contain cholesterol.


    2. If you are feeding chicken bones...STOP. The theory was the calcium in the bones was healthy but the birds do not eat the bones. Parrots crack the bones open and eat the marrow which has the highest concentration of cholesterol of any tissue in the body. No more chicken bones!


    3. If you are feeding milk, cheese or yogurt... SLOW DOWN. Dairy products can be a source of calcium and protein but look for products low in cholesterol and offer in moderation.


    4. And finally its important to note just because your bird really likes a food item doesn't mean its good for them. Same goes for us. :)


    Fact from Fiction

    The Dr. Lintner Files