- 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)0
- 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).0
- 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.0
- 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.0
- 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.0
- Vet Nurse AmandaAmanda is the veterinary nurse manager at our Murdoch clinic. She has recently completed her City & Guilds Veterinary Nursing the Exotic species certificate earning herself some new shiny letters after her name and a wealth of knowledge too.Amanda has always wanted to work with exotic animals, she has a soft spot for out reptilian patients especially our sweet little bobtail lizards – Tiliqua Rugosa. She has a number of pets including a diabetic kitty Peppar, a Muscovy duck named Pandi Duck, a Lorikeet called Sammy, Meeka the Border Collie, Lexi the Rotti x and her newest addition Towlie the Black-headed Caique Parrot – who is keeping her on her toes and helping teach her all about parrot behaviour.0
- Vet Nurse Claire
Meet Veterinary Nurse Claire
I am a registered vet nurse, and being a vet nurse is not just a job it is who I am. Even as a baby and growing up I was spending all my time with animals, our own or random strays. I did work experience at a vet clinic when I was in year 10 (2003) and didn’t leave! I have been nursing ever since, and have worked in mixed practice, small animal a teaching hospital and now UPV.
I also have Completed a wildlife carers course and have hand raised and released many wild birds.
I spend my time outside of work exercising, bush walking and going on road trips. My family of pets includes four cats, two dogs, two weiros, one rooster, two sheep and two horses.
Diploma of Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species (Advanced Program in the Veterinary Nursing of Avian, Wildlife, Small Mammals and Herpetology0
- 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.0
- Vet Nurse Jami
Meet Veterinary Nurse Jami
Jami has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse since 2014. She has always had a love for all exotics, although guinea pigs are her favourite! She also has an interest in aquatic species.
Jami enjoys the variety of interesting cases we see at The Unusual Pet Vets and is always interested in furthering her studies.
Outside of work Jami loves her music, she plays the drums and piano! She is a proud pet parent to several fur babies and a variety of Goldfish. Her fur family includes, five guinea pigs named Olaf, Anna, Peanut, Cashew and Sage. Two dogs. A Papillon named Askar and a 3-legged Staffy X named Jarla. And Jami also has two feline friends, Leo and Boston.
Cert IV Veterinary Nursing, APVN of Zoo & Exotic Species0
- 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.0
- Vet Nurse Jen
Meet Veterinary Nurse Jen
After a career change in my mid-twenties, I studied my Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing at AVT. Just before I qualified, I was lucky enough to get a position as a Kennel hand at The Unusual Pet Vets and transitioned into a veterinary nurse once qualified. I then went straight into my Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species (Avian, Herpetology, Mammal and Wildlife) and Diploma of Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species through City and Guilds. In 2021 I am looking at studying my Diploma in Herpetology.
I have a keen interest for indoor plants and dehydrating yummy treats for my bunnies and birds, which is how I spend some of my time when im not at work.
My home is full of pets! I have two amazing, house-trained bunnies called Molly and Daisy; one lovely Labrador called Winston. I recently acquired three cockatiels named Willow, Pippin and Sparky plus I have numerous hand reared baby bunnies!
Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Advanced Programme in Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species (Avian, Herpetology, Mammal and Wildlife), Diploma of Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species0
- 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.0