Exotic Animals - referral
At U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, we have the expertise and facilities to care for a diverse range of exotic and unusual animals.
Our dedicated exotic pet team expertly care for a wide range of pets including birds, reptiles, amphibians and small mammals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, small rodents, ferrets and sugar gliders. We are fully equipped to provide health care for almost any type of unusual or exotic pet.
Comprehensive CareOur dedicated exotics pet team are able to coordinate with our other specialists in:
- Diagnostic imaging
- Anaesthesia and pain management
- Medicine and pathology
ServicesAt U-vet we offer a range of exotic pet services including:
- Health Checks
- Husbandry advice
- Medical and surgical treatment for illness and disease
- Dental Care
FacilitiesWe have dedicated exotics ward which provides housing for species specific needs and specialised surgical equipment for rabbit and rodent dentistry.
At U-Vet, we are also fortunate to have excellent diagnostic imaging in-house including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and nuclear medicine. As well as in-house pathology facilities giving our patients access to rapid, expert interpretations of diagnostic testing.
Exotic Pet Vet Team
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honours)
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Unusual pet medicine and surgery)
Membership qualification of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets.
Sasha Herbert holds post graduate qualifications in medicine and surgery of small mammals (rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, mice, sugar gliders), reptiles (turtles, non-venomous snakes, lizards, crocodiles) and amphibians (frogs, axolotls), and provides primary and second opinion veterinary medical, surgical, and dental care for exotic pets as part of the exotic pet team in the General Practice of U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Her experience includes 10 years as a zoo vet working with almost all creatures great and small, and 14 years as a native and exotic pet vet in companion animal practice.
Sasha's dream is for all vets to be able to confidently provide the same level of care to unusual pets that they provide to cats and dogs and to this end is always teaching and learning on the job at the hospital at the University of Melbourne.
For the last 10 years Sasha has been providing pet care advice on Saturday mornings for ABC radio. On her other weekends she likes building things for her house, garden and pets, going to costumed events and reading absurd amounts of fantasy and sci-fi.
Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Avian medicine and surgery)
Dr Courtney Hulbert commenced work at U-Vet in 2015 in the General Practice and is our Avian Vet. She has a membership level qualification with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health. Whilst her passion resides in caring for patients of the feathered variety, she has a strong interest in pocket pet medicine. After graduating from her veterinary studies, she worked in mixed practice and dedicated her weekly day off from full-time work to a second role at an Avian only clinic in Melbourne.
Courtney participates annually in student teaching, both during student clinical rotations through the General Practice and in pre-clinical training in aspects associated with bird handling and procedures. When and where possible, she will give bird related talks to other veterinary clinics or wildlife rescue organisations.
Outside her role as a vet, Courtney, enjoys spending time at home with 6 parrots and 2 dogs – many of which were acquired through veterinary endeavours. On her days away from work, she enjoys being able to take short road trips to explore all that Victoria has to offer.
Exotic Pet Team Member
Susan Beths (Sooze) is currently a general practice veterinarian working at Melbourne University (UVet) Werribee Animal Hospital with a special interest in exotic animals. She graduated from Dundee University with a BSc (hons) in Psychology and then from Glasgow University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
She first worked in the UK as a mixed practice vet, then moved to the Caribbean where she taught veterinary students and worked in emergency and general practice seeing a wide range of animals including monkeys and sea turtles along with the usual dogs, cats, birds and rabbits etc. She then moved to Australia and started working at Melbourne Teaching Hospital in 2013. She is currently working towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoo animals.
She is currently working towards the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Zoo animals.
Dr Christina (Tina) Knight
Exotic Pet Team Member
Tina graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 with honours after interning in the United States where she worked with dolphins, seals and marine birds, her first veterinary job was in a small animal and exotics clinic in Cairns.
Tina returned to the University of Sydney to complete a rotation internship in small animal medicine and surgery, gaining a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary clinical studies. She then relocated to Melbourne where she locumed for various clinics including Warranwood Veterinary Hospital where she worked with exotic animals.
Tina has been with U-Vet for 10 years and is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include the medicine and care of all exotics, particularly birds, rabbits and reptiles.