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Good Hands

You can be confident that your bird will be in good hands as all our veterinarians have been trained in avian medicine both in Australia and internationally, we have the only registered veterinary specialist in bird medicine in Victoria and our clinic is an approved facility for training specialist avian veterinarians in Australia

Our Staff

Our staff are avian trained and are able to offer sound advice on nutrition, enrichment, husbandry and bird care. A bird behaviouralist is available for consultations to help owners develop healthy, happy relationships with their birds and to address any behavior problems that may arise.

Excellent Care

We are able to offer your pet bird excellent veterinary care from preventative medicine to advanced medical, diagnostic and surgical procedures.

We're Passionate

We’re passionate about birds’ health and welfare and our fully equipped clinic is specially designed and equipped to cater for the needs of your bird. Between them the avian vets, Drs Pat Macwhirter, Phil Sacks and Michelle Sutherland have had more than 40 years experience in the field.

Centrally Located

Our clinic is centrally located in a safe, quiet location with ample parking. Established for over 30 years, we operate as part of Burwood Bird and Animal Hospital


At Bird Vet Melbourne we understand the deep connections people form with birds and our avian veterinarians and avian nurses  provide caring, competent and quality avian veterinary care for our feathered patients. The bird hospital has individually heated hospital cages for each patient.  Chicken-vet   patients don’t feel left out, we love to help backyard poultry too!  At Bird Vet Melbourne you can be confident that you will be fully supported with expert avian care,  and sound avian veterinary advice relevant to the individual species of birds that you keep and that you’ll be well equipped to make the best ongoing health care and treatment decisions.  This is the oldest established bird vet clinic in Melbourne.


  • We really care about your pets
  • Each bird patient is in a heated incubator complete with toys and perches.
  • We understand birds and are able to give “our” bird patients human kindness and companionship.
  • Our bird vet clinic is fully equipped and up to date to cater for the unique requirements of avian patients.
  • The vets and nurses are all experienced in looking after all kinds avian patients
  • Our nursing staff are avian trained and able to offer advice about bird care and nutrition
  • We are open 7 days a week, sick birds also need treatments on Sundays !
  • We’re passionate about bird health and welfare.
  • All our bird vets are highly experienced and have trained internationally in Bird Medicine.
  • We have worked with the only veterinary bird specialist in Bird Medicine in Victoria.
  • We were an approved facility for training avian veterinary specialists for Australia and North America and Senior Academic Associates of the University of Melbourne.

I've taken a number of chickens to the Bird Vet in Burwood but most recently I brought in my ex battery hen that i had adopted who was presenting with a number of issues. It was clear to me that Phil and his team really care about the welfare of their patients and pulled out all the stops to help me save our sweet chookie, who is now doing much better. Their knowledge of chickens is something that can only be gained over many years of experience and for that we are very grateful.

thumb Emily Muir
June 15, 2020

Very experienced and compassionate vets. Reception are always friendly and helpful. I wouldn't take my parrots anywhere else. Thank you to Dr Phil and all the staff.

thumb Mel Cooper
October 16, 2019

100% best bird vet in Melbourne. Great team, waiting times and great value.

thumb Jackson McPhee
June 6, 2019

Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm

Fri 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-12pm
Sun 10am-12pm
*Our last appointment is 30 mins prior to closing time*


128 Highbury Road,
Burwood, Victoria, 3125
Call Us: (03) 9808 9011