Dr Brendan Carmel

BVSc MVS MANZCVSC (Unusual Pets) GDipComp

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Brendan is the owner of Warranwood Veterinary Centre and Senior Veterinarian

Brendan has extensive experience as a veterinarian, graduating from the University of Melbourne. Some career highlights include

  • Zoo Veterinarian for 3 years at Healesville Sanctuary, Victoria where he completed a Masters of Veterinary Studies in Australian Native Wildlife
  • Consultant and lecturer (ongoing) in Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine at the University of Melbourne faculty of veterinary science and James Cook University, Townsville
  • Committee member and past president of the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians (UPAV) special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association
  • Founding member of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) www.aemv.org
  • Founding member of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians www.arav.org
  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Unusual Pet Medicine and Surgery
  • Associate Editor, Australian Veterinary Journal
  • Frequent speaker at National and International Veterinary Conferences
  • Winner of the 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award for excellence in exotic mammal health and care. Brendan is the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win this award


Dr Tania Mitchell

Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Massey University, New Zealand

  • Bachelor of Science (Zoology), University of Melbourne
  • Tania has a strong interest in Unusual and Exotic Pet care, with a particular interest in Avian Medicine

Dr Belinda Oppenheimer

BVSc (Hons) University of Melbourne

  • Graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013
  •  She started her career in shelter medicine, with a special interest in the needs of exotic pets in the shelter environment.  
  • Belinda is the chief vet for Greyhound Rescue Victoria, and a veterinary adviser for numerous other rehoming and animal welfare groups.
  • Belinda is owned by two ex-blood donor greyhounds, Till and Tobias, Acarath the Eastern blue tongue lizard, and Vüdü and Pinball the cockatiels.
Belinda with her two greyhounds Till and Tobias

Belinda with her two greyhounds Till and Tobias

Dr Lizzie Goldstraw

BVSc BSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)

Lizzie and Friend

Lizzie and Friend

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne
  • 4 years in the UK working with unusual pets before returning to Melbourne
  • Lizzie has kept rabbits at home for over 10 years, and kept various unusual pets whilst growing up  such as turtles, frogs, insects

Nursing Staff

Mrs Traci Brinksma

  • Practice Manager
  • Traci is a qualified pet groomer and has been a member of our staff since the clinic opened
  • Extensive experience of pet care, having owned many species including guinea pigs, rats, ducks and cats!

Mrs Melinda Dalley

  • Senior Veterinary Nurse
  • An experienced veterinary nurse with a interest in surgical nursing and emergency care
  • Melinda lives locally and has two boisterous dogs at home to keep her busy. She has a talent of having a calming effect on staff and clients during busy periods

Ms Emma Cash

  • Emma has a unique background having completed a Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours), a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) LaTrobe University and having  worked at the Australian Wildlife Hospital (Healesville Sanctuary)
  • Experienced wildlife carer with a special interest in macropods: Which is why you may see a joey or two hopping around our clinic when Emma is on duty!
  • Currently completing Certificate 3 Animal Studies

Ms Elly Middleton

  • Elly is the newest member of our team
  • A passionate Guinea Pig owner. She has been involved in rabbit, guinea pig and cat rescue as well as devoting time to wildlife care work as a volunteer.
  • You may hear her cheerful voice on the phone on Tuesdays or Saturdays when she will be in her element working with critters furry and scaly. 

Mrs Amy Whitten

  • Amy lives locally as is on hand to fill in when other team members are sick, as well as having a regular shift on most Saturday mornings
  • Her various animals, including a turtle and dog (and husband and two young children) keep her busy
  • You will know Amy is working if you hear someone singing or whistling away... she is invariably happy!