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Patricia moved to Florida with her family in 1972. Her father and grandfather were both farmers, and Patricia was raised with a clear understanding that animals that interact with humans need special consideration and care in order to thrive. Patricia’s father attended the veterinary program at University of Georgia, where he specialized in Husbandry of Exotics, later passing much of his knowledge on to his daughter. Upon graduating high school in Clearwater, FL, Patricia joined the Veterinarian Technician Program at St. Petersburg Junior College, with the intention of becoming an Avian Veterinarian. From 1990-1995, she worked as an intern/ veterinarian technician at the Murphy Animal and Bird Hospital in Clearwater, where she was trained in avian care by two of the leading avian veterinarians in the country, Drs. Joel and Katherine Murphy. She also worked at the Murphy’s independent parrot research facility (the Florida Exotic Bird Research Center), where she gained extensive experience in parrot care and handling. She was also involved in the creation of the first vaccine for avian polyoma virus (APV), supplying invaluable blood samples and documentation for Dr. Branson Richie from the University of Georgia.

In the years to follow, it became apparent to her that the need for a sanctuary for owner-released, abused, or neglected parrots was probably greater than the need for another veterinary practice. Consequently, Patricia opened Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary in 2000, giving up her developing career as a veterinarian in return for a hands-on approach to parrots in need of permanent homes. Patricia is the face and the hands of the organization, lending her vision and passion to create and sustain the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Her goal is to allow parrots the freedom to “just be a bird,” living out their lives in a natural environment, interacting in flocks in free-flight aviaries. She is also committed to providing education to current and future parrot caretakers, as well as to the general public, regarding the challenges and moral demands of attempting to possess these wild and beautiful creatures.

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