Michelle passed the Avian Medicine examination with Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in July 2014. She has always had an interest in bird, exotic and wildlife medicine, completing a degree in zoology and worked both internationally and in the UK as a wildlife researcher before completing her veterinary training at the University of Edinburgh.
It was whilst working in Africa that her love of birds blossomed, being very excited to see bee eaters, lilac breasted rollers, hamerkops and marabou storks (along with many others) for the first time – a change from the back garden sparrows she was used to! Hailing from the UK, Michelle has experience working with rabbits, guinea pigs and other small mammals, as well as reptiles.
Currently continuing her residency training program to become a specialist in avian medicine and surgery, Michelle is now extremely pleased to be working in ‘the land of parrots’ and loves seeing native Australian birds both in their natural habitat and as much loved pets – as well as other pets, of course!
Outside of work, Michelle enjoys mountain biking, SCUBA diving, playing roller derby and wildlife watching. Her favourite wildlife spotting moments in Australia so far have included snorkelling alongside whalesharks in Western Australia, kayaking at a remote lake in Victoria to see duck-billed platypus, seeing a Southern right whale nursery off South Australia and being deafened by koala mating calls in the Adelaide Hills.