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News & Press: International

International Practice Showcase: Brisbane Bird & Exotics Veterinary Service

Wednesday, June 5, 2019  

Greenslopes, Queensland, Australia
 Situated in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, this practice was established in October 2006.  Seeing exclusively avian and exotic patients, it has grown from a sole veterinarian practice to an endeavor with five veterinarians and seven full-time veterinary nurses. Birds make up 55% of the caseload at Brisbane Bird & Exotics, with chickens being 13% of the total patients seen.  
My favourite two pieces of equipment are our ventilator and our inspired anaesthetic gas heater”, says head veterinarian, Deborah MonksBVSc (Hons) CertZooMed, FACVSc (Avian Health) DECZM. “I couldn’t do long procedures without them!” 

Get to Know AAV International Member, Dr. Deborah Monks

dr monksAfter 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.

In addition to her Zoological Medicine Certificate and European Diplomate qualification Deborah achieved Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in 1999 (MACVSc [Avian Health]) and improved on this initial qualification by achieving her Fellowship (Specialist) status in July 2006 (FACVSc [Avian Health]). Although there are now a number of Members of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health, Deborah is only the fifth person to have attained Fellowship level and is one of only two in Queensland, the other being Dr Bob Doneley who practices at the University of Queensland Small Animal Hospital at Gatton.


Images from Brisbane Bird & Exotics Veterinary Service



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