About us

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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 also very proud to be Finalists in the 2015 Business Awards and Winners of the 2016 Camden Wollondilly Business Awards.

Our mission
To provide the highest quality care for our patients and courteous, compassionate and understanding service to their owners.

Meet the team

Veterinarians

Dr Mikel Sabater
Dr Mikel Sabater and koala
Dr Mikel Sabater graduated in 2005 and completed two internships (anesthesia, surgery and orthopedics and wildlife medicine) in UCH-CEU University (Valencia, Spain). Between 2005 and 2011 he worked in referral hospitals until he directed his own exotic animal referral service in Spain. In 2011, Mikel started a European College of Zoological Medicine residency in avian medicine at Great Western Exotics in the United Kingdom, achieving the Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons of London in 2012 and his European Specialist Diploma in 2015. Between 2014 and 2016 Mikel worked in two large zoo collections in Spain (Loro Park and Oasis Park). Since February 2016 he has been the clinical director of AREPH. Mikel likes to breed amphibians and moved Mojito the cat and Yoda the dog from Europe to Australia.

Dr Hamish Baron
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Dr Hamish Baron 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 Bree Talbot
Dr Bree Talbot and koala

Dr Bree Talbot 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'.

Vet nurses

Rachel Hassett
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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.

Hayley Corrigan
Vet Nurse Hayley Corrigan
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.