Our Veterinarians

Dr Deborah Monks

BVSc (Hons), Cert Zoo Med (RCVS)
ECZM Diplomate (Avian Medicine), FANZCVS (Avian Medicine and Surgery)

Recognised Avian Specialist

About Deborah

After graduating from the University of Queensland in 1995, Deborah started her journey in avian and exotic animal medicine. In the following years, she worked in a variety of practices (general, emergency, avian, and small animal practice), before moving to the United Kingdom to start an avian residency. While there, she obtained her Certificate of Zoological Medicine (CertZooMed). This qualification encompasses zoo animals, birds and exotic pets and wildlife. 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 (FANCVS [Avian Medicine]). Deborah was the only the fifth person to have attained this qualification.

Dr Emma Sciacca (McMillan)

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Avian Health, Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets)

About Emma

Emma joined the team as a veterinarian in 2014 after working with us as a veterinary nurse 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 in 2014 with honours and as class valedictorian. During her studies she completed externships at Auckland Zoo, Melbourne Zoo and Adelaide Zoo.

Emma has a very keen interest in reptiles but also loves all of the feathered and furred animals we see. At home she has a 22-year-old galah called Toby, a cinnamon green cheek conure, Rica, a cheeky lorikeet called Ollie and many chickens – all of which are regular blood donors for the clinic! She also has a Darwin Carpet Python called Eve, a Ridge tailed monitor called Patch and (she had to have some furred creatures!) two dogs – Lola and Tia. Over the years she has had snakes, various lizards, frogs, guinea pigs and mice. Emma achieved her Avian Memberships with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2018, and her Unusual Pet Medicine and Surgery Memberships in 2019. Outside of work Emma spends most of her time with her kids and husband caring for their menagerie!

Dr Kimberley Tozer

BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets)

About Kimberley

Kimberley knew she was going to be a vet for as long as she can remember and has always had an interest in the more exotic and unusual creatures!  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 and spent some time with Dr Bob Doneley, an avian specialist at the University of Queensland

Kimberley has been at BBEVS since she graduated with honours from the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science.   She loves the wide variety of creatures we see, but has a particular soft spot for small mammals, reptiles and ducks.  At home, she has a wide variety of furred, scaled and feathered friends to keep her busy!

Since graduating, Kimberley has continued her education in the avian and exotics field.  She has completed continuing education courses in exotic small mammal medicine and dentistry and small mammal abdominal ultrasound.  In 2018, Kimberley was awarded a scholarship to attend the Unusual Pet and Avian Vets conference in Adelaide to present her paper on urolithiasis in guinea pigs.  Here, she also attended a workshop on small mammal head/ear surgery. 

Kimberley is currently working towards her Memberships in the Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets.

Dr Rebecca Taylor

BSc (Vet Biol) BVMS MANZCVS (Avian Health)

About Rebecca
Rebecca knew she was going to be a vet from the age of four, spending holidays helping on her family’s farm, and using spare time to role-play being a vet, reading books on aviculture and bird identification and listening to Don Spencer’s “Feathers, Fur or Fins” cassette on repeat.

Her love of animals only grew when she was given her first pet, Aussie the talking budgie at age 9, and since that time Rebecca has kept numerous parrots, bred a few species of native frogs.

Rebecca joined the veterinary industry in 2006, working as a Veterinary Nurse in small animal practice in Brisbane, and in 2008, she moved to Perth, Western Australia, where she completed her Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) at Murdoch University.

After returning to Queensland in 2013, Rebecca worked as a Veterinarian in a mixed animal practice in a rural town, where she gained experience in many companion and hobby farm animals from dogs and cats, to goats, sheep, alpacas, pigs, horses and cows. Rebecca trained at Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service through a 12 month internship programme in 2014, and there her love for strange and unusual pets grew and grew.

Since then, Rebecca has spent the last 4 years working with birds, exotics, dogs and cats in Brighton Queensland, before her recent return to BBEVS.
Last year Rebecca studied to attain Memberships from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in the Avian Health chapter for caged and aviary birds.

Rebecca loves practicing yoga, mindfulness, gardening, weekend markets, antiquing and travelling. She spends her spare time with her friends and family, and her favourite companions – Jaz the 12 year old kelpie X cattle dog, Mick the human, and during the week shares her nest with Rosebud the naughty galah.

Dr Luciana Hogarth

BVSc (Hons)

About Luciana
Luciana always has had a love for animals. Growing up in Victoria, she always had dogs and reptiles, and since her early 20’s has been the secretary of the french bulldog rescue of Victoria, which she is still currently. 

She initially studied physics and mathematics and it wasn’t until her mid-20’s that she realised she wanted to be a vet. So she moved up to Queensland to study, with her two dogs and 4 turtles. 

While at UQ, she has always had her mind set on working at BBEVS, and completed her all her elective exotic placements here, before coming to work for us as a nurse in mid-2020.

After she graduated in late 2020- she stayed on with us as an intern. 

Dr Tracey Cox

BSc (Marine Biology; Wildlife Biology; & Applied Biology), BVSc

About Tracey

Dr Tracey may be a recent graduate, graduating from James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2019, but she has been working in and around the veterinary industry and animal conservation for over 15 years. While obtaining her first degree, a Bachelor of Science (BSc), she travelled to Nepal as part of a Conservation in Practice course. While there, she jumped at opportunities to assist in an investigation into river dolphin mortalities, as well as help with research into the diagnosis of tuberculosis in Asian Elephants. These experiences reawakened a childhood dream to become a veterinarian and she decided to pursue it.

During her studies she travelled to Namibia to assist with a research project on reproduction in African Painted Dogs and completed an externship at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, NSW. After graduating, Tracey began working in a small animal clinic outside Brisbane where she put her hand up to see all the small mammals, reptiles, and birds she could. She loves the variety avian and exotics medicine and surgery offers and has been continuing her education with courses focused in these areas. She is excited to be joining the team at BBEVS as this has been her dream clinic since deciding to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

In her free time, Tracey loves chilling with her pair of cheeky rats, Amelia and Mischa, running around with her exuberant Staffordshire Terrier, Gree, and getting into the mindset of her avian patients by hanging upside-down on an aerial hoop a couple of times a week.

Our Nurses

Alana

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Diploma in Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species

About Alana

Alana has been involved in the veterinary industry since finishing high school in 2004; working as a trainee veterinary nurse in Australia and the United Kingdom before completing her Certificate IV in 2011 to become a qualified veterinary nurse.

Alana joined Brisbane Bird and Exotics in January 2013 and she thoroughly enjoys the wide variety of species and interesting cases that are seen. Alana is a member of the Parrot Society of Australia, and has a special interest in parrot behaviour and training. She is a member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia and joined the voluntary AVNAT registration scheme when it began in 2019. In March 2020 she obtained a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing of Zoological Species from a training organisation in the United Kingdom.

Alana and her husband are owned by a flock of parrots, a Centrallian Carpet Python, two ‘foster’ dogs and a ‘foster’ cat… fosters that arrived for short-term care and never left!

Maddie

Veterinary Nurse, Captive Animals (Certificate 3)

About Maddie

Maddie loves all things animal related, particularly eggs! She first started incubating eggs at the age of fourteen using a cardboard box and a desk lamp. Her love of eggs was so great that she actively started researching eggs and incubation at a young age. Since then Maddie has obtained formal qualifications including a Certificate 3 in Captive Animals, a Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing and is part way through a Bachelor of Wildlife Science. She has attended a workshop with Operation Nest Egg (ONE) in Kiwi egg candling and incubation as well as a workshop in Avian Artificial Incubation with the Durrell Conservation Academy.

Maddie has incubated eggs from both domestic and wild species, many of which were a mystery until they hatched. This has included tiny pardalotes, finches, swans, brush turkeys, sea birds, raptors and everything in between! After hatching, Maddie also hand raises most of these birds on her own. Conservation of endangered and threatened Australia species is something that Maddie would love to be involved with in the future.

Maddie also actively participates in rescuing and caring for native wildlife, and also dog, cat and battery hen rescue work. At home Maddie has a cockatiel, lots of chickens, 3 dogs (Toy Bulldog, Boston Terrier and a Great Dane) and 3 cats to keep her busy!

Kelsey

Certificate III Native Animal Rehabilitation
Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Kelsey

Kelsey has always had a special interest in birds which led her to start volunteering at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 2009. Here she spent her time cleaning, feeding and providing enrichment for the sanctuary birds. She completed a Certificate III in Native Animal Rehabilitation which required her to also work alongside the nurses and vets in the busy Currumbin Wildlife Hospital. It was there that she realised her dream of becoming a veterinary nurse and she promptly started her studies.

While completing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Kelsey spent her spare time continuing her nursing duties at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, driving the RSPCA Wildlife Ambulance and working at a dog and cat clinic.

Kelsey didn’t hesitate when she was presented with the opportunity to join the team at BBEVS in 2012. Here she has been able to expand her knowledge on all the exotic creatures seen at the clinic. She has a particular interest in avian enrichment and will happily pass on the tips and tricks she learnt from her years owning and working with captive birds.

She shares her home with a large number of active and noisy parrots, a small flock of bantam chickens, a pond full of fish and yabbies, a room full of various invertebrates, a very lovely olive python, and a mischievous Cattle Dog cross. In her spare time she can be found reading, crafting, researching insects, incubating and hatching wildlife eggs, and making copious amounts of bird toys to keep her flock busy!

Meri

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Meri
Meri worked for 5 years in a dog and cat hospital before joining Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service. She has always loved the smaller furred and feathered critters and jumped at the opportunity to join our team and expand her knowledge of the exotic species. Meri is passionate about environmental enrichment for our exotic animals and does most of the ordering for the clinic.

She is always very excited about new toys and products for birds and guinea pigs! In her spare time Meri likes road trips, scouring the markets for vintage treasures, decorating her new house and catching up with friends and family. Meri lives with her boyfriend Jamie, her blind cat Cricket, three-legged cat Molly, a little mouse family and a cheeky sulphur crested cockatoo Alan.

Amanda

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing
Bachelor Applied Science (Wildlife)

About Amanda

Amanda has always been captivated by wild and exotic creatures. From a young age she was curious about wildlife which lead her to study a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Wildlife Science. While studying her bachelor’s degree, she volunteered for the RSPCA as a Wildlife Ward Assistant fuelling her love for Veterinary Nursing. Amanda then studied her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, whilst working as a wildlife vet nurse. She jumped at the opportunity to work for BBEVS in 2020. She is a member of the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia and the AVNAT registration Scheme.

Amanda and her partner are kept very busy with their little army including, Esky the blue tongue skink, Ray the crimson rosella, Bonnie the green cheek conure, Stout the Kelpie X Staffy and Dora the Husky X Weimaraner. Away from work, Amanda enjoys hiking and exploring new places.

Charlotte

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Charlotte

Charlotte joined us as a receptionist and has a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

She has a great love for all creatures and is excited to pursue her passion.

Charlottes house is run by her two dogs and cat. She would love to expand the family with a few feathery and scaly friends one day.

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Maddy

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Maddy

Maddy graduated with her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing in 2019 and worked at a cat and dog veterinary practice for three years before joining the Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service team.

She has always had a love for animals, particularly the small and furry ones, so was very excited to join the Brisbane Bird and Exotics team to further her knowledge of a variety of different species. Maddy has owned guinea pigs since she was nine years old, and currently at home she has two cheeky guinea pigs named Charlie and Bluebell, however she has hopes to expand her furry and feathered family in the future.

Mel

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Mel
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Krystal

Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

About Krystal

Krystal started as a Nursing Assistant in 2020 and jumped at the opportunity of starting her Certificate IV in Vet Nursing here at BBEVS as a Trainee Vet Nurse. While at BBEVS Krystal has been expanding her knowledge in the birds and exotics industry and continuously growing a passion for all the furred, feathered and scaly creatures we see. Before joining BBEVS Krystal spent her time volunteering at different dog and cat practices as well as volunteering for the RSPCA. She first started working towards becoming a veterinary nurse when she was 15, spending half her schooling year doing work experience at her local dog and cat practice once a week.  She continued on to her Certificate 2 in Animal Studies when she was 16, whilst completing her senior schooling, and completed her Certificate 3 in Animal Studies in 2019. Ever since she was young, Krystal has always loved all creatures- big or small,  and has always known she wanted to work in the veterinary industry. Krystal has such a strong passion for all your little critters and ensuring they receive gold star treatment each and every time we see them- she fits in perfectly here at BBEVS! At home Krystal shares her life with a little cockatiel she adopted called Juniper, as well as a Chihuahua/Maltese, Shelby and a Shih Tzu/Cavalier, Sheeba.

Our Pets

Diesel

Diesel, the Black-headed python came to BBEVS in 2009 with many medical problems. Her situation was life-threatening and with many months of treatment, including major surgery she is finally on the road to good health.

Petey

Petey owns our vet Deborah and just like other asiatics has a very strong personality! He has managed to convince Deb to give him treats for a variety of tricks including playing basketball, soccer and picking up a set of weights.

Licorice

Licorice is a female Red Tailed Black Cockatoo that arrived on the scene in 2010. She is our resident blood donor but prefers to spend most of her time sweet talking everyone for treats.

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