Brisbane Bird and Exotics Vet Services (BBEVS) provides veterinary services exclusively to owners of birds and exotic pets. From parrots to turtles, guinea pigs to lizards, their practice is specifically equipped and staffed to ensure that your pet receives the best care and treatment available. There are four veterinarians who work at the practice, who all specialist in birds and exotic pets.
After graduating from the University of Queensland, Deborah started her journey in avian and exotic animal medicine. In the following years, she worked in a variety of practices (general, emergency, 50% avian/50% small animal practice), before finally moving to the United Kingdom to start an avian residency. While in England, she obtained her Certificate of Zoological Medicine (CertZooMed). This qualification encompasses zoo animals, birds and exotic pets and wildlife. Deborah received this qualification in 2004. Her case book was of such a high standard that the Royal College of Veterinary Surgery in London requested a copy for their library. There are only 3 people in Australia with this qualification. DipECZM (Avian) signifies that Deborah is a Diplomate (Specialist) of the European College of Zoological Medicine and Surgery, in the Avian Section, which is the European organisation responsible for training and assessing veterinarians who wish to become avian specialists. Deborah was given Diplomate status in 2006 and is the only Australian veterinarian with this qualification having undertaken the necessary training and study required between 2003 and 2006.
Emma McMillan, BVSc (Hons)
Emma joined the team as a veterinarian after working with us for 4 years during her veterinary training. Obtaining her first pet snake when she was just 11 years old, Emma has always wanted to be a reptile veterinarian. Emma graduated from the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours. During her studies she completed externships at Auckland Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Adelaide Zoo.
Kimberley Tozer, BVSc (Hons)
Kimberley knew she was going to be a vet for as long as she can remember! Although she has a love for all creatures, she has a particular passion for wildlife and exotics. In high school she completed a work experience program at Dubbo Western Plains Zoo and spent a lot of her spare time at a local mixed practice veterinary clinic. Kimberley then worked as a Wildlife Officer and volunteered as a wildlife carer while studying at university. In her final year she completed an externship at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Kimberley graduated with honours from the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
Sasha Miles, BVSc (Hons), MANZCVSc (Avian Health)
Sasha joined the team after working in the avian and exotic pet industry for three years. She has wanted to be a vet since she was very young and has always had a keen interest in zoos and exotic animals. asha studied Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland and graduated with honours. During her studies she completed an Externship at Taronga Zoo in Sydney and went to South Africa to complete a certificate in Wildlife Immobilization and Conservation. Sasha has a keen interest in continuing her education and obtained her Membership in Avian Health in 2014. She also regularly completes further education courses. Certificates she has recently obtained include Backyard Poultry Medicine, Bacterial and Fungal disease in Birds, Wound Management, Small Mammal Anaesthesia and Reptile Haematology.