Burge Bird Services, located in Grandview, MO, is the Kansas City area's only exclusively avian veterinary hospital providing medicine, surgery, trimming, boarding, and house calls. They also run a bird rescue.
Dr. Julie Burge earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1983 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987. She became interested in pet bird medicine while living in upstate New York where there were no veterinarians in the area that would treat birds. Dr. Burge began adopting unwanted birds and started breeding cockatiels and parakeets in 1988. After returning to Kansas City, she started Burge Bird Services in 1990. She now owns about 85 parrots formerly used for breeding but now retired, and her practice treats birds exclusively. Dr. Burge is the Association of Avian Veterinarians representative for the state of Missouri and has lectured at their conference twice about disaster response and animal rescue for the avian veterinarian.