The Unusual Pet Vets Peninsula

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The Unusual Pet Vets
Boonwurrung Country
P: (03) 8738 3210
A: 210 Karingal Dr,
Frankston, VIC 3199

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Monday-Friday: 8.30am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm
Sunday: 9am-3pm
Public Holidays: Closed

Our Services

Meet The Local Team


Dr James Haberfield

James is one of only a few vets in Australia to have passed his exams to gain a Membership to the Australian and New …

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Dr Hamish Baron

Dr Hamish Baron is one of a small handful of specialist avian veterinarians in Australia. He moved from New Zealand to study veterinary science at the University of Queensland, …

Dr Kiara Simonis - UPV Peninsula

Dr Kiara Simonis

Since getting her cockatiel as a child, Kiara has dreamed of being an exotics vet. She focused her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine placements on exotic animals to gain as much exp…


Dr Shane Simpson

Dr Shane Simpson is well known amongst the reptile keeping community as “The Reptile Doctor” and brings his wealth of experience in the field of reptile and amphibian medici…

Dr. Michelle Sutherland

Dr Michelle Sutherland

Dr Michelle is also one of only a few vets in Australia to hold a Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP) in Zoological Medicine, obtained through the Royal Colleg…

Dr Amber Lee

Dr Amber Lee (She/Her) BVSc, DABVP (Avian Practice) In 2012, Dr Amber made the huge move to the USA, where she undertook a one-year rotating internship at VCA Advanced Veterinary C…

Dr Christina Karagiorgis

Dr Christina Karagiorgis BSc, DVM, GD-VPLM Dr Christina or you can call her Chris, grew up in Melbourne’s North, where all sorts of unusual pets and wildlife surrounded her. …

Practice Manager Erin

Practice Manager Erin (She/Her) APVN(exotics), DipVNZS, Cert IV, RVN Erin’s journey in veterinary care started in 2011 at a general practice vet clinic, where she completed h…

Vet Nurse Alianna

Vet Nurse Alianna CVN, BVT, RVT, AVPN (exotics), AVNAT, CertAqVNT Alianna graduated Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology degree in 2015 before moving to Melbo…

Vet Nurse Leonie

Vet Nurse Leonie (They/Them) Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, APVN (Exotics), RVN  Leonie has been working in general practice vet clinics since 2010, later completing th…
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Vet Nurse Taylah

Vet Nurse Taylah  Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Taylah is a dedicated Veterinary Nurse with a passion for providing exceptional care to all animals. Her journey in the …

Vet Nurse Gretel

Veterinary Nurse Gretel has a passion for improving standards of care for rabbits. She has presented on the topic of Rabbit Bonding at the UPAV conference in Darwin 2022 and mor…

Vet Nurse Taryn

Vet Nurse Taryn

Meet Taryn, Veterinary Nurse DipVNZS APVNZoo, RVN Taryn has always had a passion for animals and decided to make a career out of it. They say that if you love your work, you never …
Vet Nurse Hayley Bradshaw

Vet Nurse Hayley

Veterinary Nurse, Hayley DVN, RVN, CAM (Captive Wild Animals), APVN (Avian) Hayley was born and raised in New Zealand. She completed her tertiary studies in Auckland and began her …
Vet Nurse Astin

Vet Nurse Astin

Vet Nurse Astin Certificate II Animal Studies Astin’s passion for animals aspired from childhood growing up surrounded by animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and an aviary …

Vet Nurse Paityn

Vet Nurse Paityn  Certificate II in Animal Studies, Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing Paityn commenced working at The Unusual Pet Vets in 2019 when she was old enough to wo…

Trainee Vet Nurse Sabrina

Trainee Vet Nurse Sabrina Certificate II Zoo Keeping, Trained in Wildlife, Wildfire and Oiled Wildlife Emergency Response Sabrina began her journey in the animal industry by first …

Vet Nurse Daniel

Daniel has always loved animals and has been drawn toward exotic pets. Daniel started his career as a shelter animal attendant, then moved into general practice and emergency ve…

Trainee Vet Nurse Amy

Trainee Vet Nurse Amy Amy started with The Unusual Pet Vets Peninsula in 2021 as a kennel hand. Since then, she has moved into a trainee nursing and reception role. Since she was y…

Animal Attendant Michaela

Animal Attendant Mishaela Mishaela, affectionately known as Shayla, has been a member of our Unusual Pet Vets Peninsula team since 2019. She embarked on her journey with us as a ke…
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Vet Nurse Lauren

Lauren found her interest in the medical care of Australian native species while she was zookeeping and decided to study vet nursing.

Why Choose Us

Based in Frankston, VIC, our Peninsula clinic has been operating since 2018 and is equipped to treat a wide variety of unusual and exotic pets for the greater Melbourne metro area.

Our clinic provides diagnosis, treatment, and expert care for a wide range of exotic pets, including birds, reptiles, mice and rats, amphibians, insects, ferrets and rabbits and guinea pigs.

We provide superior veterinary care in a clean and friendly environment with a highly skilled team of veterinarians, nurses, and support staff, offering your exotic pet the highest standard of treatment with a caring touch.

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  • Comprehensive care from experienced veterinarians, nurses, and staff fully qualified to care for your pet.
  • We provide health care, nutrition, and husbandry information to increase the longevity and happiness of your exotic pet.
  • Our Peninsula clinic is equipped and supported by on-site, state-of-the-art laboratory, surgical and anaesthesia facilities and advanced diagnostic equipment including a CT.
  • We are experts in the rare and unusual pet field, and we provide various services to keep these pets healthy and happy.
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A Great Vet For Exotic Pets

It’s a great vet for exotic pets, we would like to thank Dr Kiara and the nurses for all the help they have done for the bunnies especially when they have been unwell. Gretel – Thankyou for all the tips and advice on what and what not to do with the bunnies. We will definitely be recommending to all our exotic animal friends.

Jayde Darton

5 Stars All The Way!

Fantastic vets! Staff are so helpful and friendly. Vet’s are brilliant, they show so much love and compassion to our animals. 5 stars all the way!!

Nayre Manookain

Client – Peninsula

Every single person I spoke to both on the phone and in person was knowledgeable and patient in answering questions I had. In person, everyone there was clearly skilled and comfortable handling my lizard and helped to easily resolve the concerns I was having both immediately, and via advice for long term care. I cannot recommend enough booking in here if you need care for an animal that is not a cat or dog.


Client – Peninsula

After my rat developed an abscess, I took her there. They are caring and amazing people! They took the time to explain everything they were going to do and the poor nurse who had to answer all of my questions after she’d given me after care instructions was patient and kind to me no question was too hard, and she made it clear there were no stupid questions. Even the way they interact with each other, you can tell they truly care. My only very minor gripe is the long drive time to their office. If you could open an office in the northern suburbs that would be amazing!! We need some high-quality rat vets up here!T

TK Butterfly

Client – Peninsula

Highly recommend Unusual Pet Vet the staff at the Peninsula clinic are so lovely and kind along with having amazing knowledge. I cannot thank them enough for their skills and kindness they show all animals. Huge thanks to the whole team!

Emma Louisse Allen

Client – Peninsula

I have only just started taking my budgie and cockatiel to UPV Frankston and I honestly can only give positive feedback. The staff are lovely, approachable and know their stuff. To have a vet compliment me on how well cared for my budgie is was very much appreciated.

Cazabelle Bray

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