Boongarry Veterinary Services, located in Aeroglen QLD in Australia, offers a full range of dedicated veterinary care and diagnostic services to all birds, reptiles, fish, exotic and unusual pets and wildlife. Boongarry also provides remote veterinary services to areas of Cape York Peninsula, Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea, as well as ad hoc consultancies throughout SE Asia and the Pacific.
Annabelle has always had a passion (many say obsession) with all creatures great and small. She began caring for wildlife as a child growing up on the northern outskirts of Sydney. Veterinary Science was a natural progression. She has worked in rural and suburban practice, but found her perfect balance in far north Queensland in the late 80s. She has advanced training and experience in avian, reptile and wildlife medicine, having been admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by rigorous examination in two chapters, Avian Health and Wildlife Medicine & Husbandry, and having a high professional case load of pet birds, reptiles and other unusual or exotic pets.
Annabelle is regularly consulted on forensic medicine and provides expert evidence on a variety of matters. She undertakes national and international consultancies including crocodile farms and zoos, as well as established conservation projects. Some of these include crocodile monitoring on Cape York and cassowary ecology in the Wet Tropics (with QPWS), macaque management and control for the Invasive Species Network in Micronesia, tiger conservation programmes in Thailand, cassowary monitoring in West Papua, and lecturing on Wildlife Medicine and Conservation Biology in Galapagos.
Annabelle has a strong research focus. Her Masters (in tropical ecology and veterinary science) produced original research on aging data and health parameters in free-living spectacled flying foxes, and her PhD on anaesthesia in estuarine crocodiles has had international impact on crocodile welfare and management. She has been published in textbooks and peer reviewed journals, and regularly presents at clinical and research focussed conferences around the world. She also trained in Guam with the Durrell Institute on island species-led conservation initiatives.