Larry Nemetz, DVM, MS
Dr. Nemetz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1980, then completed a Master of Science program in veterinary anatomy in 1981. Dr. Nemetz worked in the veterinary field for two years before entering Purdue University Veterinary School in Indiana and graduated in 1987. Dr. Nemetz always loved birds as a child, conceived the idea of an avian practice while in veterinary college and then founded The BIRD Clinic originally in Santa Ana, CA in 1987 and then moved to a purpose built facility in Orange, CA in 2007. Only a handful of clinics in the United States limit their practice strictly to pet bird medicine and are located in California, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, and Florida. Dr. Nemetz' family has lived in Southern California since 1938 when his paternal grandparents moved to Beverly Hills from Vancouver, Canada. He was raised in Santa Ana and has lived there most of his life. Dr. Nemetz moved to Irvine in 2009 to be closer to his remaining maternal family. He practiced veterinary medicine in Santa Ana for 20 years until he moved to his new facility in Orange. He has been exposed to exotic birds since the age of four and got his first pet bird at the age of six. There was very limited medical information to help the avian patient in the seventies, but over the years Dr. Nemetz became interested in veterinary medicine and specifically the medical conditions of birds. When Dr. Nemetz entered Purdue University Veterinary School, he took advantage of the knowledge certain clinicians had in treating exotic birds. In 1986 he became the recipient of the FIRST scholarship awarded by the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). Once Dr. Nemetz graduated veterinary school, he returned to his hometown and built the first The BIRD Clinic. He enjoys teaching and has given numerous lectures to veterinary organizations and bird clubs. The BIRD Clinic offered an externship program for senior veterinary students for over 30 years to get a better exposure along with practical experience in the world of avian medicine BEFORE they graduated veterinary school. Dr. Nemetz in 2006 began teaching some of the veterinary students at the veterinary college (Western University) in Pomona, California. In more recent years Dr. Nemetz has been lecturing out of the United States and offers an internship program to veterinarians from anywhere in the world that have a desire to improve their own knowledge of avian medicine. Dr. Nemetz has hosted veterinarians from Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, England, Japan, and Germany. Dr. Nemetz had bred meyer's parrots for many years and shares his life with his beloved avian pets; "Gigi", "Slushy", "Bailey", "Zazu" and his adopted children "Birdy" and "Merlin". With great sadness he lost "Saffron", a swainson toucan, in 2011. She was a very unique and special soul that touched the life of many people as well as the veterinary medical community and will always be remembered. Christmas eve 2016 "Peste", Dr Nemetz's Alexadrine Parakeet suddenly developed a weakness in one of his legs. A radiograph was taken and unfortunately a very unusual and aggressive lung tumor was found and determined to be cancer that was fast growing, so it was best to not have "Peste" suffer and was lovingly and humanely euthanized. It was a sad holiday time but "Peste" was one of several birds Dr. Nemetz had rescued over the years and enhanced his life for 24 years.