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I am a doctor for I am a doctor for humans with an elderly
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August Abbott, CAS

August Abbott, CAS

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Cert. Avian Specialist; Int. Assoc.Animal Behavior Consult; Pet Ind. Joint Advisory Council; author

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Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.

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