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Lauren Powers

Avian & Exotics

Dr. Lauren Powers is a board-certified specialist in avian medicine (DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice)) at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Huntersville.


BA – Boston University, 1990

DVM – Tufts University, 1994


North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM), 1995-1997

Board Certification

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners – Avian Practice

Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Powers worked in general private practice for a year before her residency and for five years after her residency at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) before joining the staff at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in 2002.

Dr. Powers is also an adjunct assistant professor in avian medicine at NCSU-CVM. She served as the president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV) from 2017 to 2018 and as the chairperson of the AAV Research Committee from 2006 to 2012. She served as vice-president of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) from 2007 to 2009, and served as a board member for the AEMV from 2007 to 2010. She was a 2011 and 2012 recipient of the AAV President’s Award for Outstanding Service, the 2008 recipient of the AEMV President’s Award, and has received numerous other professional honors and awards.

Dr. Powers has written more than thirty scientific journal articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Powers completed a clinical drug safety trial for the use of Advantage Multi for Cats (Bayer) in domestic ferrets, and has conducted several other research studies while at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, including an investigation into the metabolism of the anticonvulsant drug phenobarbital in African grey parrots.

Areas of Special Interest

Avian and Exotic Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, Avian Neurologic Diseases, Immune-Mediated and Endocrine Diseases of Ferrets

Selected Publications

Powers LV, Mitchell MA, Garner MM. Macrorhabdus ornithogaster infection and spontaneous proventricular adenocarcinoma in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus). Veterinary Pathology. 2019;56(3):486-493.

Speer B, Powers LV. Anatomy and disorders of the beak and oral cavity of birds. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. 2016;19(3):707-736.

Williams BL, Powers LV, Garner MM. A pufferfish (Tetradon nigroviridis) available in the common pet trade harbors lethal concentrations of tetrodotoxin: A case study of poisoning in a Cuvier’s dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2016;47(2):676-680.

Levy MG, Powers LV, Gore KC, Marr HS. Spironucleus meleagridis, an enteric diplomonad protozoan of cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus): Preliminary molecular characterization and association with clinical disease. Veterinary Parasitology 2015;208(3):169-173.

Northrup NC, Barron HW, Aldridge C, Powers LV, Greenacre CB, Hutcheson J, Morrisey JK. Outcome for client-owned domestic rabbits undergoing limb amputation: 34 cases (2000–2009). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2014;244(8):950-955.

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