Dr. Gwen Flinchum obtained her Bachelor of Science degrees in Poultry Science and Animal Science from North Carolina State University. While at North Carolina State she volunteered in the Poultry Science Department on a variety of research projects involving chickens and turkeys. After graduating from college, Dr. Flinchum went to The University of Florida where she obtained a Masters of Agriculture in Avian Physiology and then received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school she participated in externships and research projects to further her knowledge of avian medicine and surgery. Her externships were done at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and at Aviculture Breeding and Research Center in Loxahatchee, Florida. Research projects involved the development of a flamingo pox vaccine for flamingos at Sea World and fecal hemagglutination tests for the detection of Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease in parrots. During her senior year of veterinary school, she received the Kaytee Avian and Special Species Excellence Award.