Adrian grew up in historic Maryborough to parents Peter and Barbara. He has always been involved with aviculture, catching ‘the bug’ from his father at an early age. He has had experience with keeping most types of birds, both aviary and companion. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 1985 and worked in small animal clinics in the north side suburbs of Ascot, Boondall and Brighton. Adrian purchased the Brighton Veterinary Surgery in 1992 and further developed his avian clientele.
It was his love of birds that saw Adrian undertake further study in Avian Health and gain his membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993.
Adrian is highly dedicated to his profession. He lectures veterinarians, nurses, aviculturists, school students and members of the pet shop industry on all aspects of avian care and their welfare. Education of pet owners is a priority for Adrian. He believes that with education comes understanding. Adrian is also a patron of the Parrot Society of Australia (which he has held for nearly 20 years), the Queensland Bird Breeders Club Inc. and the Beenleigh Bird Breeders Association.
Pat joins us from Cairns where he has fostered a deep interest in Australian native birds from a young age. Growing up in Tropical North Queensland, Pat was exposed to a myriad of wild native species and kept his own treasured budgies and cockatiels. In 2015 Pat graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. During his veterinary training and since graduation Pat spent a great deal of time in South Africa honing his surgery skills with Community and Veterinary Services for Southern Africa, a charity that provides veterinary care to impoverished communities.
In the three years leading up to 2019 Pat has worked in a mixed practice in Tully, Far North Queensland, treating a wide and varied avian caseload from pet cockatiels to wild Southern cassowaries. In 2018 Pat completed Massey University’s Avian Medicine and Surgery course in New Zealand. Pat enjoys all aspect of avian veterinary care but is particularly interested in surgery and working with clients to achieve the best possible outcomes for their feathered companions.
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