James has authored numerous scientific papers and contributed to a range of books. He has presented at a number of veterinary conferences and has also made a range of appearances on TV and radio. James has a large collection of reptiles and birds that is forever growing. His interests outside of the aforementioned include surfing, kite-surfing, basketball and snow-boarding.
- Dr. James Haberfield
- 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
Dr Kelly graduated from Murdoch University and has a special interest in birds (and has owned many different kinds!) but loves all of our 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 also has interest in axolotls and turtle medicine and is looking forward to pursuing speciality training in avian health in 2019.
- Dr. Vicky Brownlie
Vicky graduated from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London in 2002. She has worked with numerous unusual pets including many that we don’t see here in Australia such as chameleons and hamsters! She is interested in all types of exotic animals but has a special interest in rabbits.
- Dr. Linda-Jane Bowden
Dr Linda-Jane graduated from Murdoch University has spent time working in rural small animal practice with a number of different exotic pets. She is one of a handful of vets in Australia to have gained a membership level qualification in the Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. She has now moved back to Perth to pursue her passion for exotic animal medicine further. During her studies and recent years of practice she has worked with wildlife in South Africa and travelled to Italy to learn more about exotic animal medicine from world leaders in the field. She is enjoying being back in Perth and her Jack Russell “Bandit” and her 2 ferrets “Aeryn” and “Vala” are settling in well. Dr Linda-Jane has a passion for ferrets and reptiles but enjoys seeing all exotic pets.
- 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. Mhairi Barclay
Dr Mhairi (pronounced Vari) Barclay is a Murdoch University graduate. Having worked as a human nurse for many years, she made the change to animal species, and has a keen interest in exotics. Mhairi’s own wolf pack consists of a lop called Gypsy, a Netherland Dwarf named Prince (with far too much attitude for his size) and the newest member called Taco, the cat…and so far, all the best of friends.
- 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.
- Dr. Maren Beeston
Dr. Maren is originally from Canada but moved to Perth to complete her vet degree at Murdoch University. She has been lucky enough to work with all kinds of wild and exotic species while she completed a Masters degree in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine, including health checking tigers, assisting with black cockatoo research, and anaesthetising rhinos in South Africa! Dr. Maren has a particular interest in birds and reptiles and can’t wait to meet all of your furred, feathered, and scaled critters.
- 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 JamiJami has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 2014. She has worked with small animals in veterinary hospitals and has always had a love for exotics, particularly guinea pigs! Jami has quite a few fur babies at home; 4 guinea pigs, 2 rabbits, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Jami is excited to be apart of the Unusual Pet Vets and to work with the wonderful pets that we see.
- 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.