Cicero Veterinary Clinic - Ellen K. Cook, DVM

About Dr. Cook

Dr. Ellen K. Cook has been practicing small animal medicine since her graduation from Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. She has had a life-long interest in animal behavior and has provided behavior counseling for many of her small animal patients over the years. In 1998, she rescued a six-year-old Moluccan cockatoo, Merlin, with many undesirable behaviors and thus began her study of avian behavior issues.

Dr. Cook has been actively practicing avian medicine, with an emphasis on behavior counseling since 2001. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists, and has completed the online course, Living and Learning with Parrots, taught by Susan G. Friedman, PhD. Dr. Cook is a supporting member of The Indianapolis Zoo, The Gabriel Foundation, and Project Bird Watch.

Dr. Cook has published articles in American Animal Trainer magazine (2002), Good Bird magazine (Winter 2006), and presented Happily Ever After with Parrots at the annual AAV conference in 2007. She has made numerous guest appearances with Merlin, her cockatoo, at schools, churches, clubs, and other organizations. Dr. Cook serves as on on-line consultant for the World Parrot Trust and for Birds of a Feather on-line avian discussion forum.

In 2007, Dr. Cook partnered with Shirley Morgan to provide behavioral education for the average parrot care-giver. Together, they produced the DVD, Happily Ever After with Parrots ... A Learning Game. In this DVD, Dr. Cook explains the basic principles of teaching with positive reinforcement and demonstrates teaching with and without a clicker how to overcome a bird's fear of new objects, how to trim a parrot's nails, how to perform a home examination, and how to give medicine to birds.

Dr. Cook is a devoted Roman Catholic and a deputized ecclesial lay minister for the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana and serves as the Director of Religious Education at her home parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Cicero, Indiana.

Dr. Cook is dedicated to the stewardship of God's creation by bringing more compassion and charity into all lives, whether human, animal, or plant.

"God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good." (Genesis 1:31)