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 very proud to be finalists in the 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Wollondilly Business Awards and Winners in 2016.

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

Meet the team


Associate Professor Lorenzo Crosta - AREPH Director
med vet, PhD, Gp Cert (Exotic Animals), Diplomate European College of Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health) European Specialist in Zoological Medicine

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 N. Phalen
Associate Professor in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery and Wildlife Health and Conservation
David has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Chicago, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University from Cornell University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Pathobiology) from Texas A&M University.

He taught zoo, exotic pet, and wildlife medicine to surgery in the class room and in the clinic to veterinary students from 1993 to 2006 when he joined the faculty of the University of Sydney as the Director of the Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre and the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital. David teaches exotics and wildlife practice to the 3rd year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students, is the coordinator for the Masters of Wildlife Health and Population Management and contributes to students during their rotation through the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital.

His research interests are varied and include infectious, toxicological and nutritional diseases of wildlife and exotic animals and wildlife ecology and conservation. He is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, is on the steering committee for the Koala Health Hub, and is a member of the Veterinary Reference Group for the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot.

His current PhD students are studying ways to conserve endangered species on Christmas Island, improve the welfare of large cats in zoos, prevent Q fever in wildlife carers, and find improved treatments for Macrorhabdus ornithogaster (also known as megabacteria) in pet birds.

He has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken widely in Australia and around the world.

Dr Petra Schintzer
med vet, GP-Cert Exotic Animal Practice, ECZM Resident (Avian)
Petra Schnitzer graduated at the University of Vienna, with a thesis on the Evaluation of the physiological bacterial flora in Hermann´s tortoise.

After having received training in birds and exotics at the University of Vienna, she underwent an externship in northern Italy (Clinica Veterinaria Valcurone), and in Brazil (Parque das Aves).

After her training, Petra has been staff veterinarian at the Loro Parque (Tenerife, Spain) the largest parrot collection in the world and then headed back to Northern Italy, where she almost exclusively worked with exotic animals in Italy, Spain and Austria.

Petra completed her residency for the European College of Zoological Medicine (Avian Specialty) and will soon sit the ECZM test.

Further, she is currently teaching for the General Practitioner Certificate in Exotic Animals for IMPROVE international in Spain and Chile and lecturing at post-graduate courses in Italy.

Her main interests are avian cardiology, ultrasound in exotic species and avian anesthesia.


Vet nurses

Rachel Hassett
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.





Joceline Alfaro

Adelle Scott