The Medical Center for Birds is an avian-exclusive practice located in the east bay area of Northern California, providing the environment, equipment and recognized expertise to comfortably deliver excellent healthcare for avian species. The founder of the practice is Dr. Brian Speer, a recognized specialist in avian practice (ABVP) and European specialist in Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECZM) and is internationally recognized as an authoritative figure in bird medicine and surgery.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas in 2001. Prior to joining the Medical Center For Birds, she worked as a associate veterinarian in a private, multi-doctor practice in Dallas, Texas, where she practiced small animal, avian, and exotic animal medicine. Brenna also contributed to a research project at the Gastrointestinal Laboratory, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where she developed a working knowledge of laboratory methods.
Dr. Fitzgerald received her ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine in 2012.
Dr. Fitzgerald has had a lifetime love affair with animals of all kinds, but particularly enjoys working with birds. She has always considered veterinary medicine her true calling and has a strong commitment to the health and well-being of every patient. She strives to form lasting relationships with her clients and do everything possible to meet their needs and exceed their expectations.
Brian Speer, DVM DABVP (Avian Practice), ECZM
Brian Speer was raised in a small town in California's central coast area. He received his baccalaureate of science degree in biological sciences with a concentration in zoology from California Polytechnic State University in 1978, and his DVM degree from the University of California at Davis in 1983. Since 1989, he has limited his practice in the San Francisco Bay area to include exclusively bird species, where his patients include companion and aviary birds, breeding bird collections, zoologic display collections, and performing animals. Brian received his board specialty status through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in February 1996, and was certified in the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery (ECAMS) in 1999. ECAMS was the founding organization for the European College of Zoological Medicine in 2009, and Brian is now a recognized avian specialist in ECZM. An active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), he has served as chair of the Aviculture Committee, as a director of the board, and as president. Brian is currently a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network for avian medical topics.
Geoffrey Olsen, DVM DABVP (Avian)
Dr. Olsen is a 2006 graduate of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. He started his quest to become a "bird brain" as an undergraduate working towards his Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont. While earning his degree at UVM, he began working with birds as a volunteer raptor rehabilitator.
Later, he managed a raptor center in McKinney, Texas, which provided care for as many as 380 birds of prey in a single year. After 3 years at this rehabilitation facility, Geoff moved on to start his veterinary education. While earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Geoff performed avian iron storage disease research with Dr. David Phalen of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center. His research papers won the 2004 Student Manuscript Award from the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and he presented papers on Avian Iron Storage Disease at both the 2004 and 2005 Association of Avian Veterinarians Annual Conferences. During his 4 years at Texas A&M, Geoff helped instruct his fellow students in bird examination techniques and other aspects of avian medicine throug the Zoo, Exotic, and Wildlife Club. He also spent time doing some volunteer work with the National Parrot Rescue and Preservation Foundation. In 2009 Geoff completed his American Board of Veterinary Practictioners (ABVP) residency in avian medicine at the Medical Center for Birds. He received his ABVP diplomacy with a specialty in avian medicine in 2010. His professional goals are to continue learning, to practicing and furthering the field of avian medicine and surgery. Geoff is truly excited about his career here at the Medical Center for Birds.