Meet our Team

Our dedicated and knowledgable team members will help guide you and your pet toward a happy and healthy life.

Meet our Reception Team

Peta

Reception

Peta is our super lovely, amazing receptionist. At home she is a mother to a Maltese Shih Tzu called Snoopy, a tabby cat called Florence and two Alexandrine parrots called Ptolemy and Caesar.

Peta’s hobbies include camping, historical re-enactment and various other nerdy pursuits. 

Tarryn
Reception

Bio to come!

Meet our Veterinarians

Dr Jaclyn Gatt BVSc MVS MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)
Veterinary Director

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 Jacob Freilikh BVSC BAVBS
Veterinarian

Bio to come!

Meet our Nurses

Samantha RVN AVNAT

Veterinary Nurse

Samantha has been a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician Registration Scheme (AVNAT) since its launch in 2019. She is also on the Victorian committee of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia.

Samantha has always had a passion for exotics and knew from the beginning she wanted to work with exotics and wildlife. At home she has a 16-year-old cat named Earwig and a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo called Chicken.

Samantha’s hobbies include cosplaying, sewing, 3D printing/modelling, gaming and pole dancing (its going to the gym but a lot more fun!) In October 2022 she is going to Africa for 6 weeks volunteering in a wildlife hospital! She is very excited.

Dorothy BVN
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come!

Alesha
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come soon!

Jennie
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come!

Alex
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come!

Celine
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come!

Melisa
Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come soon!

Isabel
Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Bio to come soon!

Sam

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Sam has just joined our team and is currently studying Certificate IV of Veterinary Nursing at The Gordon Institute of TAFE in Geelong. His areas of interest primarily involves birds, reptiles and fish. He has always loved animals (especially the weird ones) and has a passion for educating people about our pet’s amazing superpowers. At home, Sam is the father of 5 snakes and 2 cats.

Sam’s hobbies include reading, gaming and drawing.

Meet our Manager

Shirley! PhD in Attitude

Clinic Manager

Our amazing clinic manager is Shirley! Shirley has been with us since the beginning of 2019. Her past is a bit of a mystery as she refuses to tell us anything as she came to us as a stray and was never claimed. Forgot to mention, Shirley is a Shingle-Back Lizard!

If you’re ever in a consult room with her, she will either be asleep under her rock or scratching at the glass of her enclosure begging for food. She knows the day of the week and will be at the glass demanding food because she knows it’s a feeding day.

If you are lucky enough to be around when she is taking a stroll (you may have seen her sign “BEWARE THE LURKING DINOSAUR” because she likes to hide behind the door) she may mistake you for food and try to eat your fingers, so be careful. She also will show her displeasure about being held for longer than 0.001 seconds by weeing on whoever is holding her.

She is a bit of a grump, but it is part of her charm, and we love her.

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