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Think Parrots Show 2015 - Masterclasses

TP15 Speakers Mike SimmonsFollowing on from last week’s blog, the second FREE Masterclass speaker is Mike Simmons, who will be speaking on the subject ‘Advancements in training parrots’ between 1pm and 2pm.

Mike is an internationally recognised bird trainer.  His passion for his birds is evident in all that he does with them in their training.

He has displayed his birds at large venues such as Leeds Castle, Colchester Zoo and Centre Parcs, as well as lecturing at colleges and universities.  He has also been an assessor for the LANTRA falconry qualification and presented talks at the BIAZA tag.

Mike received an award from the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators in 2012 for the training achievements with Ground Hornbills, followed by an award in 2013 for his work with Training a Bald Eagle.

His company, A World of Wings, aims to share the amazing world of animals with others, so that people can experience their marvels.  The name represents Mike spreading his wings and based on his work with birds that are trained to be free - when they appear wild they seem so contented.

Mike always says to people that are starting out training or working with animals, that an animal will not work with you because you are qualified, you must qualify to them.

Come along to Think Parrots Show, on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex, for further information visit

Think Parrots Show 2015, Masterclasses

TP15 Speakers Neil ForbesWe have a wonderful line up of speakers once again at Think Parrots Show, and kicking off the FREE Masterclass proceedings this year is renowned veterinarian, Neil Forbes, BVetMed DipECZM(avian) FRCVS, RCVS and European Recognised Specialist Avian Medicine, who will be speaking on the subject ‘Are you feeding your parrots correct diets’ between 11am and 12noon.
Neil qualified from RVC in 1983.  He gained his RCVS Specialist Status (Zoo and Wildlife [avian]) in 1992.  He received his FRCVS by examination in exotic bird medicine in 1996 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery in 1997.  Neil has lectured widely on the international circuit and contributed to over 30 books.  He also received the Mackellar Award in 1991, the Dunkin Award in 2002, the Dr TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award in 2004, the Hunting Award in 2005 and the first ever recipient of the Gerlach Senior Award ‘For Excellence in Avian medicine’ in 2011.  Neil is a past President of the European College of Zoological Medicine and the European Board of Specialisation.  He also heads the avian and exotic department at Great Western Exotic Vets (part of the Vets Now group) in Swindon, where he runs the only ECZM approved avian residency in the UK.  Neil has kept an African Grey parrot for many years and is committed to improving welfare standards for captive parrots.

Come along to Think Parrots Show, on Sunday 21 June 2015 at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex, for further information visit

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