"Dr. Fitz was a great mentor for me when I entered the profession", said Baillie, "and his interest in avians and exotics led me to my lifelong practice in those areas. We both attended the very first meeting of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, in 1981, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We were about the only people doing bird work in Minnesota at that time and there were only 80 vets there from around the country. These days, there are several thousand members, and the avian portion of our practice is very strong. " Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo treats birds of all sizes, and takes referrals from many other veterinary practices of bird patients.