Bird & Exotic Animal Clinic (BEAC) is a veterinary service dedicated exclusively to avian and exotic pets, including chickens, ducks and other poultry. BEAC offers consulting, medical and surgical services (including desexing). They also provide in-house blood testing, faecal testing, infectious disease testing, critical care and hospitalisation.
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.
Jaclyn Gatt, DVM BVSc, MVS (Cons Med), MANZCVS
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.
Nicholas Doidge, DVM 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.