- Dr. James Haberfield
Meet Dr James Haberfield, BSc, BVMS, PGCBM MANZCVS (Unusual Pets), MANZCVS (Avian Health)
Dr James is the founder of the Unusual Pet Vets and is one of only a handful of vets in Australia to have passed his exams and gained Membership level accreditation with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of the Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets as well as Avian Health. He really loves working with all of the species and genuinely enjoys the challenge and variation of managing patients unique needs.
Dr James has also been involved in a range of fieldwork activities from micro-chipping Western Spiny-tailed skinks to filming with King Cobras in India. He has authored numerous scientific papers and contributed to a range of books. James has also presented at a number of veterinary conferences and has made a range of appearances on TV and radio. Together with his dad Chris he maintains a large collection of reptiles including a number of different dragons, monitors as well as some pythons and tree snakes.
In addition, to his reptile pets, Dr James has two Border Collied called Truffle and Willow, two rescue cats called Moppet and Mittens as well as four chickens that are collectively known as ‘the ladies’
Outside of work, James really loves getting in the ocean so on his days off you’ll generally find him surfing or kitesurfing. Beyond that, James loves spending time at home with his wife, family and pets.
Bachelor of Science – BSc
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery – BVMS
Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management – PGCBM
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of the Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets – MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the field of Avian Health (Caged and Aviary Birds) – MANZCVS (Avian Health)
- Dr. Sam Loughridge
Sam is a Murdoch University graduate that excelled in exotic animal medicine and surgery. He has extensive experience working with a range of birds, reptiles and small mammals. He has a very cute feathered child named Leo (a lovebird).
- Dr. Kelly Giles
Meet Dr Kelly Giles Bsc BVMSc
Dr Kelly graduated from Murdoch University and has a special interest in birds but loves all other exotic animals too!
She has spent time working with a number of the leading exotic-animal vets from around Australia and is involved in teaching exotic medicine at the local university.
Dr Kelly grew up surrounded by animals but it was her Sun Conure called Sunnie that lead her into the world of birds and eventually exotics and veterinary medicine. She had chickens growing up and was always fascinated by the way birds behaved.
Fast forward to the current day, and Dr Kelly is proud pet parent to a special turtle called Paddle, Myra a sassy queen cat and a range of fish including koi, discus, rainbowfish, loaches and catfish. Dr Kelly says, “the weirder the animal the better!”
Outside of work, Dr Kelly can be found expressing her creative side through drawing, painting and anime. She loves to read and enjoys nature with bushwalks.
- Dr. Katrina Wood
Dr Katrina (Kat) graduated from Murdoch University. After spending several years in small animal practice, she is currently undertaking a residency in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at Perth Zoo and Murdoch University. She has always been passionate about exotic animals and is particularly interested in guinea pigs and reptiles. As part of her residency she is undertaking a research project on snake virology. When she isn’t working, Kat enjoys spending time with her very spoilt guinea pig Bel, and being an amateur ballet dancer. Katrina enjoys meeting exotic pet owners and helping them to keep their pets happy and healthy.
- Dr. Marianne Morkos
Marianne is originally from New York and has trained with unusual pets all around Australia and the world! She has fallen in love with Perth and we now are proud to call her part of our team!
- Dr. Luke Bradley
Luke is a vet who graduated from Melbourne University. He moved to Perth to follow his dream of working with the unusual species that we see. Luke grew up with a large menagerie of birds and reptiles which inspired him to become the vet he is today. Luke has spent a great deal of time at exotics clinics both in Australia and overseas so brings a great deal of knowledge to our team. He has a special interest in birds and reptiles however is exited to see all the patients that we treat. When Luke is not working he can be found spending time with his cockatiel (weiro) Casper.
- Dr. Lucinda Lam
Lucinda graduated from Murdoch University and has a great passion for unusual pets. She has spent time working with avian and small mammal specialists from Australia, Hong Kong, New York, and Cornell University; as well as gaining experience with African wildlife, laboratory and zoo animals. Lucinda lives with a cheeky and much loved rainbow lorikeet named Jelly, and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin. In her leisure times, she enjoys sculpting miniature food and tending her veggie garden.
- Vet Nurse Jess
Jess is the veterinary nurse manager at our Balcatta clinic. She has been working as a vet nurse with exotic animals for many years and is very passionate about and dedicated to caring for these creatures. Jess has kept many exotic pets in the past including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, king quails, cockatiels/weiros, budgies and goldfish.
Jess loves spending time at home with her pet rabbit Beastie, her dog Bear, her cat Pebby and her ferret Verity. She is an expert at rabbit and guinea pig grooming and is a very valuable part of our team!
- Vet Nurse Melissa
Melissa (aka Lissy) is a registered veterinary nurse who is currently studying for an additional qualification in nursing exotic species. Lissy loves all exotic animals, but has a particular soft spot for ferrets, and has her own business of ferrets named Khoshekh, Katya, and Kitbus. Lissy is also Mum to Ava and Zelda the miniature dachshunds, and Kewpie the sphynx.
- Vet Nurse Ashleigh
Ash has always had a strong interest in all things weird and wonderful, and has worked at many exotic only vet clinics, zoos and wildlife facilities. She has a particular interest in birds and is owned by a 17 year old cockatiel named Buckbeak.
Ash completed her Vet Tech/Nursing studies over at the University of Queensland and is happy to be back working on the West side of Australia! She enjoys undertaking in yoga with some of our patients as you can see in the photo with a bobtail.
- Vet Nurse Liina
Liina has a genuine passion for all sorts of unusual pets and is so glad to be able to work with them. Before becoming a vet nurse, she completed animal studies at Taronga Zoo, a number of short reptile courses and was involved with bird banding in NSW.
Liina has a special soft spot for guinea pigs, sharing her home life with two of them; Mowgli and Muumi and a Doberman named Jimmy.
- Vet Nurse Alysia
Alysia has always had a passion for exotic animals, especially all things creepy crawly and scaly. She is currently owned by several pythons, lizards and frogs as well as a grumpy old dog and an ever demanding cat.
- Vet Nurse Bekki
Bekki started working at our Balcatta clinic in September 2017 and is ecstatic to be a part of the Unusual Pet Vets team. Bekki has always had a passion for working with exotic animals but has a special soft spot for rabbits. At home Bekki has 2 rabbits, Popcorn and Pippa, as well an Alaskan Malamute named Myah and a bitza called Fred that keep her busy!
- Vet Nurse Jen
Jen is very excited to be working as part of the team at Unusual Pet Vets, especially working with so many amazing species every day! At home she has two very spoilt dwarf lop bunnies, Molly and Daisy and a black labrador called Winston.
- Vet Nurse Sita
Sita is a registered veterinary nurse with a background in wildlife rehabilitation. She has always been passionate about exotics and while she loves all the species we see she does admit that she has a special love for reptiles, amphibians and ferrets. Sita has a cheeky Corgi x Cavalier named Austin Powers and a sweet, fluffy, black cat called Lilith.