Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital
Veterinary Services Manager
Claude joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital as a veterinarian in March 2008. Originally from Quebec in Canada, she obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Montreal in 2000. Her passion for wildlife and zoo medicine became obvious in vet school where she completed multiple externships in zoos and rehabilitation centres throughout both Canada and USA.
After graduation, she completed a one-year internship at the Raptor Centre adjoined to the University of Montreal where she obtained her skills in avian medicine. She then moved to Alabama, USA, to complete a one-year internship as a zoo veterinarian. She was finally employed as the associate veterinarian at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, USA, where she worked for 6 years.
Working as a zoo veterinarian has allowed her to become familiar with many animal species, including African, South American, Asian, and Australian species. She remains the veterinary advisor for the Eurasian Black Vulture SSP (Species Survival Plan) in the USA. She has published many articles in veterinary journals, including on polar bears and elephants. Her experience and knowledge have been a great addition to the Hospital team and she has completely fallen in love with all the Australian native species.
Amber has had a passion for wildlife for as long as she can remember and dreamed of being a vet. Growing up, she experienced Australian wildlife through raising injured fruit bats and the occasional possum and wallaby.
Amber's real experiences with wildlife began 10 years ago when she travelled to South Africa for a wildlife symposium and game capture course. She loved it so much that she returned in the beginning of 2003 to continue her veterinary degree there for the year. That year, Amber was lucky enough to get a job with the DeWildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in South Africa. She worked as an assistant handler for one of their ambassador cheetahs and as a tour guide, helped with feeding and also assisted the vet with all sorts of procedures from minor injuries to limb amputations. She also got involved with the African Wild Dogs and Brown Hyena.
After returning to Australia in 2004, Amber completed an externship program with Taronga Zoo for four weeks and in 2005 spent some time at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and met the staff, which Amber says turned out to be the best thing she had done. This, along with her experiences overseas and in Australia, helped her get to where she is today - a fulltime vet at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Amber is now one of the senior veterinarians at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital and is the coordinator of veterinary research in our facility. She’s recently completed her masters (MPhil) with the University of Queensland investigating disease and the reason for beach strandings in sea snakes. Her research will create the first complete set of health indices for sea snakes in the world and shed some light on what is currently happening in our marine environment.
In addition to this Amber is a core member of the Koala Research Network and volunteers her time and veterinary skills in various research projects, particularly in the area of koala research and conservation in Australia, and conservation projects globally. Amber has volunteered her time in numerous countries including Sumatra and Borneo where she provides valuable input in to veterinary care for endangered animals including tigers, orang-utans, and elephants.
Robyn joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team at the end of November 2009 after spending three years overseas. She graduated from the University of Queensland at the end of 2006 after spending much of her spare time volunteering at the hospital, helping the vets and nurses with various wildlife cases.
Robyn always knew she wanted to work with Australian wildlife nurturing her passion by caring for all kinds of wildlife during her high school years, from injured birds to orphaned possums. This passion followed her through her university days with many an evening spent rushing home from university to collect eucalypt tip for hungry orphans, or dashing off to rescue injured creatures.
Having caught the travel bug after her university studies were complete, Robyn moved to England where she spent an enjoyable two years working with dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits and various other English ‘pocket pets’. Robyn’s first eight months of 2009 were spent driving and camping around Europe, after which she returned to sunny Queensland.
Robyn was lucky enough that at the same time she returned the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was looking for a new veterinarian. Since being offered and accepting the position, Robyn says it’s difficult to see herself working anywhere else. She strives to give her best to every patient that comes into the hospital, and loves seeing her patients recover and be released.
Senior Veterinary Nurse
Nurse Vicky joined our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after 10 years as a veterinary nurse in private veterinary practice. Nurse Vicki loves wildlife and has spent many years helping sick and injured wildlife as a volunteer wildlife carer.
She’s thrilled to be able to work at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, where she can dedicate all of her time to caring exclusively for wildlife and helping our beautiful patients on their road to recovery. Vicki looks after the day-to-day care and medication of our patients, and helps our talented veterinarians with treatments and procedures.
Jennifer joined our team in January 2008 as an accredited veterinary nurse with five years experience in both general practice and emergency critical care of domestic animals. She also volunteered and worked as a casual keeper in Taronga Zoo's bird show for over two years giving her a broad scope on animal care.
Jennifer moved to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney to take up a nursing position at our Hospital and to this day is passionate about caring for the variety of wildlife species that come into our care and exploring the biodiversity of South East Queensland. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation through Macquarie University, and would like to do further study in Ornithology. (A branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds) It is a dream come true for Jennifer to work full time in wildlife conservation as she is particularly interested in raptor and parrot conservation.
Cheryl is a qualified animal technician, technical officer, zookeeper and veterinary nurse with over 20 years experience with wildlife, domestic and farm animals.
During a trip to the Sunshine Coast in 2004, Cheryl and her family visited Australia Zoo and the then recently-established Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital after which the whole family made the move from Melbourne with the intention of working permanently in the wildlife hospital.
Cheryl initially worked as a volunteer before becoming employed on a full-time basis. She has watched the hospital and its team grow over the past seven years, caring for and working miracles on Australian wildlife in need.
AZWH Vet Nurse
For as long as she can remember Renee has been volunteering at a variety of animal organisations, and in 2004 the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital quickly became her favourite. Monday to Friday would see Renee working in a human genetics lab, while weekends would see lab coats replaced by scrub tops and cage cleaning.
Previously content with this "weekend fix", a trip to Africa in 2005 helped Renee realise that wildlife rehabilitation was all she wanted to do. So after a decade in the lab coat, Renee quit her job and boarded a plane to Canada where she spent three years working at a native mammal centre. Here she was privileged enough to rescue, raise and release a variety of animals including raccoons, black bears and beavers to name a few of her favourites.
Upon returning to Australia, Renee was ecstatic to join the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team as a trainee veterinary nurse in 2010. Every day in her role as a veterinary nurse brings new adventures and challenges but she’s grateful to spend her days surrounded by amazing wildlife and people who are whole-heartedly dedicated to giving them a fighting chance.
Tyron joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in May 2013, bringing with him 7 years of Veterinarian Nurse experience along with a passion for the Australian Wildlife. Tyron has a particular love for the birds here at Australia Zoo with his favourite being the Whistling Kite.
Tyron's dream to work at Australia Zoo required him to relocate some distance but having been passionate about conservation and everything Australia Zoo stands for it didn't worry him one bit.
Amanda has been employed at Australia Zoo since 2005 and spent five years as an animal keeper working in a variety of departments, including koalas, native mammals and cheetahs. She has recently joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team as a trainee vet nurse to continue her work with her favourite animals, the gorgeous koalas. She is excited to be involved in koala rescue and rehabilitation activities, helping to give these little Aussie battlers a fighting chance.
Amanda is also a traveller having visited Africa and South America to work with all kinds of wildlife from huge jaguars to tiny African primates.
AZWH Vet Nurse
Michelle started working as a kennel attendant with Guide Dogs Australia (NSW) in 2002 whilst studying to become a veterinary nurse. In December 2003, Michelle moved to QLD and continued her work with Guide Dogs Australia (QLD), before being employed with a domestic's veterinary clinic on the Gold Coast. She completed her qualifications as a Certificate IV Veterinary Nurse in 2005 and continued working with domestic animals.
In 2008, Michelle joined an Animal Emergency Clinic on the Gold Coast dealing with triage, trauma and emergencies of both domestic animals and wildlife. In addition to working in animal emergency, Michelle also started working as an animal behaviourist and trainer servicing Gold Coast vet clinics and co-hosting a Saturday morning radio segment on Hot Tomato 102.9. Michelle also started working at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital as a part time zoo nurse and wildlife nurse where she was responsible for the health checks and welfare of both the sanctuary animals and public wildlife.
In August 2012, Michelle left the Gold Coast to take up residence on the quieter Sunshine Coast as a full time Veterinary Nurse at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Michelle is currently also studying her Certificate III in Captive Animals.
Office Manager and Student Liaison Personnel
Kathy joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital as part of our administration team in August 2007. She had worked for over 17 years for another not-for-profit organisation and feels privileged to now be part of such a passionate team who are united in caring for injured wildlife and promoting conservation.
Reception & Administration
For as long as she can remember Megan has always had a love of animals. From growing up on a farm raising many different animals to becoming a wildlife carer and rescuer with Moreton Bay Koala Rescue, she surrounds herself with animals.
After volunteering for several years at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, in 2009 Megan was offered the position of Receptionist. She jumped at the chance to fulfil a lifelong dream to work with wildlife and hasn’t looked back.
Megan considers it a privilege to be involved in the care and rehabilitation of our wonderful native wildlife. Never taking anything for granted, she treasures each interaction and experience and appreciates the dedication, passion and sharing of knowledge from everyone at the wildlife hospital.
Emily joined our wonderful team at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital in November 2013 as a Veterinary Nurse with a background in caring for animals at Currumbin wildlife sanctuary and veterinary centres.
Emily loves all wildlife and feels lucky to have been able to appreciate some of the world’s most endangered wildlife through her travels to Borneo where she saw wild Orang-utans and Chitwan National Park in Nepal where she came close to a wild Rhino.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Cleaner
Brenda is new to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital team accepting the challenging role of hospital cleaner in February 2012. Brenda has many years of experience in cleaning, mainly in the aged care industry and is thrilled to be working in such a unique team.
Brenda loves being a part of the team as she loves the hospital environment and of course the beautiful wildlife.
Nicola joined the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital March 2013 as an experienced Veterinary Nurse with a background volunteering with the RSPCA.
Nicola spends her days off exploring Nature Parks where she enjoys observing the wildlife and bird watching. She has a strong interest in reptiles and invertebrates and even keeps a few as pets. Nicola loves being part of a team so focused on conservation and research.
Tami began her career in 2001 in her hometown of Lynnwood, Washington. She quickly rose from kennel assistant to vet nurse through intensive one-on-one training. Since then she has worked at a variety of veterinary clinics, including general practice, emergency and animal surgery. She also volunteered at Sarvey Wildlife Centre caring for animals of the Pacific Northwest such as raccoons, bears, beavers, porcupines and various native birds. In 2006 she was thrilled for the opportunity to travel to New South Wales and volunteer for six weeks the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.
Tami has had a keen interest in koalas from a very young age, and in 2010 she obtained a permanent residency visa and relocated to Australia with the hope of working with the animal she loves.
Since moving to Queensland she discovered she not only has a passion for caring for koalas, but for all Australian wildlife. Ever since hearing about the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Tami’s goal has been to work with the team and is now delighted to be part of the dedicated staff and volunteers.
Robyn started at Australia Zoo in October 2013 with a soft spot for Australian Native animals. One of Robyn's most memorable animal experiences was having cuddles with a yellow-tail Black Cockatoo.
Christine Started with the Zoo Crew in Dec 2013. She was previously one of our awesome volunteers at the Hospital. She also has 25yrs experience in the IT industry as a Network Engineer. Christine loves working with the Koalas and has learned to appreciate them while working in their space and the challenges they are being faced with today. Outside of the Zoo Christine enjoys bushwalking, playing the Piano and Guitar, travelling.
Vet Nurse - Trainee
Cindy joined the Hospital crew in July 2014, and is currently learning the ropes as a Vet Nurse. Cindy has a varied background that will come in handy when helping our sick and injured wildlife, including 3 years as a Horse Trainer and endurance rider, and 4 years as a medical practice assistant.
Outside of the Zoo Cindy enjoys Horse riding, running, Skiing, surfing and Life Coaching.
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