Meet our Veterinarians
Dr Jaclyn Gatt BVSc MVS (Cons Med) MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)
Dr Jaclyn Gatt graduated from Melbourne University in 2010 and worked for almost 5 years in one of Melbourne’s busiest hospitals as a small animal and exotic pet vet. She spent 2.5 years working in emergency and critical care before opening the Bird & Exotic Animal Clinic with Dr Glynnis in December 2016.
In February 2015 Jaclyn completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine through Murdoch University, covering a wide range of species including those commonly kept as pets, along with zoo animals and wildlife. As part of the masters she spent a month working at the Auckland Zoo, gaining first hand experience in an even broader range of species including Tuatara!
Jaclyn is a professional interest practitioner with a vast range of experience seeing a large number of primary and referral exotic cases. her favourite topics include emergency and critical care of exotic pets, rabbit dentistry and soft tissue surgery.
A regular attendee at the AVA’s Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarian’s conference (and UPAV Committee member), she is a member of AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians) and the AAVAC (Association of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee). Add to this a lifetime of owning and caring for avian and exotic pets, and its no surprise where her passion has come from.
Dr Glynn Lam BVSc
Dr Glynn grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne always wanting to be a bird vet. They graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 and worked in a large busy hospital in Ballarat for six years. Dr Glynn looked after animals from Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Wildlife Park, and had great pleasure in helping the birds of prey brought in by local wildlife groups. In 2015 Dr Glynn moved back to Melbourne to join the Greencross team at Springvale, one of few clinics in Victoria regularly seeing pet avian patients. Dr Glynn started BEAC in 2016 with Dr Jac and is living the dream of helping all the birds. When not at work, Dr Glynn can be found painting, sculpting, costuming, or lavishing attention upon their feathered overlords – a dozen budgies, four quails, a blue throated conure, and a green cheeked conure.
Dr Gretchen Szabat BVSc
Bio to come soon!
Dr Nicholas Doidge BSc DVM
Dr. Nick was born in South Africa and spent his early childhood exploring game reserves and almost being kidnapped by baboons before moving to North America. He grew up with a menagerie of animals including rats, mice, snakes, turtles, rabbits, birds and guinea pigs and completed a veterinary science undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona in the United States.
During his university degree he spent a semester doing student exchange at the University of Sydney and fell in love with the landscapes, wildlife, culture and people of Australia. When it was time to start veterinary school him and his partner pulled up their American roots to move to Melbourne and Nick enrolled in the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course at the University of Melbourne. After helping to organise wildlife and exotic student interests groups, research on wildlife topics, and placements with wildlife carers and zoos, Nick was certain he wanted to end up working with the more unusual and interesting types of animals rarely seen at most veterinary clinics.
After graduating with honours from the University of Melbourne, Nick was fortunate enough to become involved in the incredibly exciting project that is Jac and Glynn’s
Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic, and has become the most recent addition to the veterinary team at BEAC. He loves all aspects of exotic animal medicine, especially the interesting cases, unpredictability and incredibly caring owners. His animal children include a cheeky green-eyed black and white cat named Sneakers and a very handsome bearded dragon named Norbert.
Dr Tara Needham BVSc
Bio to come!
Dr Zoe Feigen BVSc
Bio to come!
Meet our Nurses
is a qualified Veterinary Nurse with experience working in welfare and shelter medicine, mixed practice, small animals and now exotics.
Her favourite patients are rodents, particulary rats.
At home, she cares for her 2 dogs Smudge and Brenda; 2 rats Snitch and skittles and 3 fish Crabbe, Goyle and Voldemort.
She is also a massive Harry Potter nerd.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Krystal began her vet nursing adventure in 2010. She worked in a zoo, small animal practice, and then for a university in emergency and critical care. Her special interest is wildlife and zoo medicine. Krystal breeds small parrots as a hobby, including eckies, conures, lorikeets and budgies.
Jamie hails from New Zealand, graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from Massey University (BVT). She has always had an interest in wildlife and exotics. Her first job was at the Wildbase Wildlife Hospital based at the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital; the only veterinary hospital dedicated to New Zealand wildlife. She worked for five years in small animals and joined us in 2020 to work with her favourites: birds, wildlife and exotics.
Steph has been with the BEAC team since early 2017 and is currently studying her cert 2 in animal studies. Her passion for exotic animals started when, at age 8, she got her first pet rabbit, Sam, and went on from there as she was never without animals in the house. Shes a very enthusiastic student who loves working with rabbits in particular. During her spare time se enjoys painting and being creative.
Bio to come soon!
has been working as a veterinary technician/nurse since 2008, becoming a certified veterinary technician in the USA in 2009. She very much enjoyed working at a busy small animal and exotics clinic in the States where she was assigned to a vet who saw all manner of weird and wonderful animals.
After moving to Australia in 2013, she joined the BEAC team early 2017 due to her passion for these types of animals and has been delighted with the amazing pets she has been able to help care for! At this time, she is working at BEAC on a casual basis due to her studies in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Melbourne.
Kyla and her partner very much enjoy experiencing different cultures and travelling the world. They have one rather cheeky furry child- Sneakers the green-eyed black and white cat. They also have a scaled child by the name of Norbert, who is a delightful bearded dragon.
is a recent addition to the nursing team at BEAC, and is in her second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UniMelb. Jess’s nursing experience lies with horses, so working with exotics is always an exciting learning curve! Jess looks forward to the creative challenges and fascinating array of species that come through the clinic, and is always in awe of the vets’ diverse knowledge. She enjoys hiking, art and is the godmother of her housemate’s two cockatiels, Luna & Belly.
Alesha has an associate degree in veterinary nursing and joined the BEAC team straight after a placement. She loves working with fish and axolotls and would one day like to study wildlife and marine science. Her pets are a Cavoodle named Archie, 3 goldfish kids Elvis, Benji and Franklin, a ringneck parrot Lennie and a flock of cockatiels and princess parrots. She loves 4wding, camping and travelling Australia.
Trainee Veterinary Nurse