Dr Anne Fowler has had an interest in birds and unusual pets from childhood. She grew up with chickens, rabbits, fancy mice and birds as pets. As a graduate from Veterinary science at the University of Sydney, she has seen that the particular husbandry and disease issues that face these special pets require more knowledge than what was provided in the veterinary degree. Appreciating that not all vets can be knowledgeable across all species, she has studied and sat further exams through the Australian and New Zealand College in Veterinary Science to achieve Membership qualifications in the following areas:
1. Avian Health
2. Medicine of Australasian Wildlife
3. Medicine and surgery of Unusual Pets.
This examination system allows a vet to demonstrate to colleagues and clients a proficiency and expertise in the areas studied. Dr Fowler has also worked with Dr Pat Macwhirter, a specialist in Avian health at the Burwood Bird & Animal Hospital, at Healesville Sanctuary, a Zoos Victoria property dedicated to Australian wildlife and was the first vet to work at Sydney University’s Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital, established in 2007. For the last two years, Dr Fowler has offered a referral service for birds and pocket pets through the Adelaide Animal Emergency & Referral Centre. However, a desire to help these pets to remain healthy, rather than react to their illness has prompted her to open the Adelaide Bird & Exotics Vet Centre in 2016.
The veterinary nurses are:
Lauren Roe who is a keen rabbit owner and breeder in the past. Her menagerie at home includes rabbits, chickens and dogs.
Liv Martin is a recent graduate of the nursing course in south Australia. She has a passion for our feathered friends.