Birds, reptiles and exotic pets require committed and special care that differs from that required by more traditional domestic pets. AREPH handle the needs of these unique animals. We provide dedicated care, the latest equipment, the highest commitment of service and are owned by one of Australia’s most respected universities - The University of Sydney.
We are very proud to be Finalists in the 2015, 2017 and upcoming 2018 Camden Wollondilly Business Awards and Winners in 2016.
To provide the highest quality care for our patients and courteous, compassionate and understanding service to their owners.
Meet the team
Lorenzo Crosta graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1989, and received his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, from the University of Turin in 2009.
After graduating Lorenzo immediately started working with birds and traveled abroad to increase his skills and knowledge in avian medicine, and was the first Italian member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians.
After working as a practitioner for 10 year, at the beginning of 2000 he took the position of Veterinary Director at the Loro Parque, in Tenerife (Spain), the most diverse Parrot collection in the world, where he worked until mid-2005.
Since then he has been working back in Italy, where he has been working as an avian practitioner and as a consulting veterinarian for various zoos and bird collections in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Mexico.
Since 2013 he is Accredited by the FNOVI (Italian Federation of Veterinary Colleges), in Avian and Zoological Medicine and Surgery and Zoo Health Management.
In 2015, he successfully sat the exam for the ESVPS General Practitioner Certification in Exotic Animal Practice and since 2010 he is lecturer at the University of Milan, on selected topics on Management and Welfare of Birds.
In 2016 he was recognized “de facto” as a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, and therefore is a European Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management subspecialty).
Lorenzo has been a panel member of the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), and has been twice Chairman of the European Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarian and the President of the Italian Society of Exotic Animal Veterinarians (SIVAE) and is still cooperating with national and international journals and has published several papers and book chapters.
Lorenzo’s main interests are related to bird conservation (he has been the official veterinarian of the Spix’s and Lear’s Macaws recovery programs), bird breeding and diseases related to avian fertility.
Associate Professor David Phelan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM); PhD, Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian Specialty)
Dr Shivananden Sawmy
BSc (Hons) Biol., BVM&S MRCVS
Originally from Mauritius, Dr Shivananden Sawmy has worked as a field biologist with some of the island's critically endangered wildlife, such as the Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet for several years prior to graduating from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, UK in 2010. I enjoy treating all pet species ranging from dogs and cats, rabbits, reptiles, raptors to fish. Having a passion for exotic animals and wildlife work, I completed a year-long internship in Avian/Exotics Animal Surgery and Medicine under the mentorship of Neil Forbes, FRCVS, at Great Western Exotics in 2013.
I have worked in exotics and small animal practices across the UK until the opportunity to move back to Scotland presented itself. Furthermore, I have also worked with a neuter clinic, primates and endangered reptile and bird species back in my native Mauritius.
I am currently enrolled on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Certificate AVP in Zoological Medicine course and I have recently collaborated on a chapter in a soon to be published textbook on Reptile Medicine and Surgery (Editor: Brendan Carmel). I look forward to providing gold standard treatment to all things scaly, feathery and furry.
In my spare time I enjoy cycling, hiking, going to gigs, and exploring the city.
Dr Bree Talbot
BScAgr(Hons) BVSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)
AREPH's Senior Veterinarian, Dr Bree Talbot, who is currently on maternity leave, graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (majoring in animal genetics) and then in 2010 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Since graduating Bree has worked in a variety of veterinary disciplines to widen her medical and practical knowledge. In 2015 Bree achieved membership into the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in the medicine and surgery of unusual pets. Bree has also undertaken numerous continuing education courses in exotic pet medicine to ensure her patients receive the most up to date treatment. In addition to exotic pet medicine, Bree has a keen interest in wildlife medicine having worked for a charity based wildlife clinic for several years before joining the AREPH team in 2014.
Bree currently shares her home with four cheeky rabbits (Lord Humphrey, Sir Fredrick, Lady Oomph and Princess Stephanie), one very cute old dog 'Miss Grace' and is lucky enough to have a horse called 'Toby'.
Dr Hamish Baron
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Avian Health)
Dr Hamish Baron, who is currently on extended study leave, graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland. He has a passion for all things avian and in his final year carried out a research project looking at disease states in budgerigars in New Zealand for which he was awarded the Pfizer Animal Health Research Award. Hamish also received the University of Queensland award for Excellence in Pathology and the Excellence in Small Animal Medicine Most Valuable Student Award.
Dr Janet Truong
Dr Janet Truong graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney. Following graduation, she worked for three and a half years at a small animal and exotic hospital in Newcastle where she was able to build her knowledge and gain much experience with all creatures, feathered, furred, and scaled. However, Sydney was calling, and she was fortunate enough to gain a 12 month internship with the amazing team here at the Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital in 2016. When her 12 months was up, she was offered a continuing position as a clinician at the hospital, and it was an opportunity too good to refuse. She feels very fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to work with such a wide array of animals, both pets and wildlife, here at the Avian, Reptile and Exotic Pet hospital.
Dr Kathryn Loughlin
Hayley started vet nursing in 2009 working at an exotics clinic in Newcastle for five years moved to Sydney to work at a cat and dog clinic in Kirrawee. In October 2015, Hayley joined the team at AREPH and loves working with exotic animals again. Hayley finds each day to be different to the last and loves the new and exciting challenges At home Hayley lives with her partner, two dogs - a Kelpie and a Husky, a cat named Minchin and one very cheeky cockatoo names Gonzo.
Rachel worked at Austral Vet Clinic for 12 years as a surgical nurse working with exotics, wildlife, cats and dogs. Rachel has a passion for horse riding and loves cattle and working dogs. Rachel is our head nurse and is on site Monday to Friday.