Bird Vet Melbourne (BVM) is a full service veterinary hospital that specializes in all avian species-- -anything from exotic parrots, finches and canaries to backyard chickens. The hospital is outfitted with the latest medical technology and equipment. BVM is located in south eastern Melbourne, Australia and open 7 days a week. BVM is passionate about bird health and welfare, and their entire staff are highly trained and experienced working with birds. Dr. Phil Sacks is the owner of BVM, and he works alongside Dr. Michelle Sutherland and Dr. Esther Yuen. Drs Sacks and Sutherland have postgraduate qualifications in avian medicine (Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS)), and Dr. Sutherland will be sitting examinations to become a specialist in avian medicine in 2018. Dr. Yuen is currently training towards her MANZCVS qualifications.
Michelle Sutherland, BVM&S, BSc Hons I, MRCVS, MANZCVSc
Dr. Sutherland passed the Avian Medicine examination with Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in July 2014. She has always had an interest in bird, exotic and wildlife medicine, completing a degree in zoology and worked both internationally and in the UK as a wildlife researcher before completing her veterinary training at the University of Edinburgh. Currently continuing her residency training program to become a specialist in avian medicine and surgery, Michelle is now extremely pleased to be working in ‘the land of parrots’ and loves seeing native Australian birds both in their natural habitat and as much loved pets – as well as other pets, of course!
It was whilst working in Africa that her love of birds blossomed, being very excited to see bee eaters, lilac breasted rollers, hamerkops and marabou storks (along with many others) for the first time – a change from the back garden sparrows she was used to! Hailing from the UK, Michelle has experience working with rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals, as well as reptiles.
Pat Macwhirter, BVSc Hons, MA, PhD, FANZCVS
You know your bird will be in caring, competent, professional hands with Dr Pat as she loves birds, has been a pioneer in Bird Medicine and worked in the field for over 30 years. A graduate of Sydney University, University of Pennsylvania and Monash University, she has authored and co-authored numerous scientific articles, book chapters and conference papers and has received awards both in Australia and overseas for her work. She was the founder of Burwood Bird and Animal Hospital (1982), the first chairperson of the Association of Avian Veterinarians in Australia (1989), the second registered bird specialist in Avian Medicine (1993) and has been frequently invited to lecture both in Australia and overseas. She is approved as a supervisor for veterinarians undertaking specialist avian veterinary training in Bird Medicine in North America and Australia and is excited about the clinic becoming the first in the world to have a residency program approved in both areas.
Philip Sacks, BSc, BVSc Hons, MACVSc
Dr Phil graduated in 1990 from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, after which he worked in a small animal practice until called up for his military service. He served as an army veterinarian (with the rank of lieutenant), treating military dogs and Army horses. In 1992 he was accepted into a residency program in the Department of Medicine at the University of Pretoria. His duties included teaching the clinical pathology course to final year students as well as attending small animal medicine clinics and running outpatients. In 1997 he graduated with a postgraduate Honours degree in Dog and Cat Medicine and Clinical Pathology from the University of Pretoria. He was invited to become an external examiner overseeing exams for veterinary students at the university. From 1994 he worked in a private practice in Johannesburg where he also did relief work for the Johannesburg Zoo. The clinic expanded and Dr Phil found himself doing veterinary dentistry with animal dentist Dr Joubert with whom he set up a referral dental clinic in Parkview while Dr Phil treated exotics pets and birds. Amongst his achievements there he lists three caesarean sections on pet marmosets in one week, as well as root canals on two Siberian Tigers, caring for a new born Black Rhino abandoned by its mother, and treating an elephant with an orange stuck in its food pipe!