Dr Adrian Gallagher and the staff at Brisbane Bird Vet are dedicated to providing the best quality service to both you and your bird.
Our goal is to assist you in keeping your valued family member as happy and healthy as possible. As a client, you will receive exceptional customer service and quality veterinary care from our highly skilled staff. Our friendly staff provide thorough clinical examinations, comprehensive diagnostic testing facilities, exceptional medical and surgical care and expert advice on diet, husbandry, behaviour and much more.
Dr Adrian Gallagher BVSc(Hons) MACVSc(Avian Health)
Owner & Veterinarian
Adrian grew up in historic Maryborough to parents Peter and Barbara. He has always been involved with aviculture, catching ‘the bug’ from his father at an early age. He has had experience with keeping most types of birds, both aviary and companion. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) in 1985 and worked in small animal clinics in the north side suburbs of Ascot, Boondall and Brighton. Adrian purchased the Brighton Veterinary Surgery in 1992 and further developed his avian clientele.
It was his love of birds that saw Adrian undertake further study in Avian Health and gain his membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1993.
Adrian is highly dedicated to his profession. He lectures veterinarians, nurses, aviculturists, school students and members of the pet shop industry on all aspects of avian care and their welfare. Education of pet owners is a priority for Adrian. He believes that with education comes understanding. Adrian is also a patron of the Parrot Society of Australia (which he has held for nearly 20 years), the Queensland Bird Breeders Club Inc. and the Beenleigh Bird Breeders Association.
Many of you will be familiar with his birds Gonzo, Wally and Jellybean.
Dr Brock Warren BVSc(Hons)
Brock graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in 2020. Brock’s inspiration for working with animals started at a young age, crediting the film “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” for igniting his passion. His interest for avian practice started here at BBV in 2014 when he took his grandmother and her sick zebra finch to see Dr Adrian. As was promised to him in 2014 by Dr Adrian, Brock completed a 2 week placement as a final year student at BBV in 2020. Since graduation, Brock has spent the last 9 months working in a small animal, avian and exotic practice in North Brisbane. Brock has aspirations to obtain his Avian Medicine & Surgery Membership qualification in the near future.
Although he has no current pets under his wing, he is keen to own a small flock of pigeons one day. Brock has ‘co-owned’ a large variety of family pets, currently “Uncle Brock” and veterinarian to his brothers golden retriever puppy “Rollo.” Most notable of the family pets to Brock was a Dutch black-check pigeon in his fathers 200+ flock of racing pigeons. Brock named him “Dragonzord,” after his favourite childhood Power Rangers character due to his striking black and green feathering. The sale of Dragonzord in 2019 was bittersweet for Brock. as his father was able to purchase a new $1,000 coffee machine from the sale. Away from the practice, you can expect to find Brock cheering on his favourite NFL team the Los Angeles Chargers, rockin’ out to Motley Crue, playing social touch football or enjoying a good book with a cup of tea.
Dr Martine Visser BSc DVM
Martine has graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree with Distinction from Murdoch University in Perth, WA in 2019. During her studies she attended a two-week practical placement at Brisbane Bird Vet to get additional training in her main veterinary interest of avian medicine. She enjoyed her placement so much that she left her CV behind in case a job would come up. The job offer came and 6 months later she drove her car and two rainbow lorikeets (Eddie and Roedie) from WA to Queensland to start her new job as a veterinarian with us at Brisbane Bird Vet.
During her studies Martine focused on all aspects of avian medicine. She has attended a four week internship at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital where she gained invaluable experience in falcon medicine and surgery. She spent time at various avian/wildlife focused vet clinics including Perth Zoo and Singapore Zoo. Here she got to experience veterinary care for many different types of patients, from Bengal tigers to endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos. At university, Martine conducted research into the histology of the oesophagus of Western Brush Wallabies which is up for publication in 2020. She has also had 7 years experience as a volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Perth hills where she was responsible for assessment and treatment of injured wildlife.
In her free time Martine enjoys scuba diving and exploring the beautiful environment around Brisbane.
Hannah is one of our full-time veterinary nurses who has a strong background in avian care, she is Adrian’s daughter! She has always had a passion for animals and has kept birds from a young age. Hannah can assist you with her extensive knowledge of bird behaviour, bird husbandry and with medical advice. She has a special interest in chicken husbandry and bird behaviour. Hannah is primarily responsible for the medical care of all hospitalised patients, surgical nursing, managing pathology and generally ensuring the hospital is managed well.
Hannah is currently operating Brisbane Bird Boarding, an avian specific boarding facility. Give her a call should you require boarding in a facility with optimal disease screening to minimise the risk of disease transmission between birds during their stay. This is the only bird boarding facility in Brisbane that requires health screening for infectious diseases, ensuring the health of your bird during your time away.
Jennifer has always had a connection with nature and the environment. She has strong views on animal welfare and is an ardent conservationist. She worked on various Queensland islands e.g. Green, Keppel and Heron, prior to commencing employment at Royal Brisbane Hospital and various private hospitals on the Sunshine Coast as a phlebotomist. She jumped at the chance of working with her passion, birds, as a veterinary nurse/receptionist and has been an important part of the team since 2008. Jennifer is currently studying a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. She has a family of cockatiels (Bubbles, Rice and their baby Princess), Mojo the Sun Conure, Cumari and Savina the female Eclectus.
Check out Jennifer’s youtube channel Little Bird Channel for cute bird and parrot foraging videos.
Brittney is a graduate from the University of Queensland Gatton, having completed her studies in a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Veterinary Technology. After completing practical placements at a few avian specialist practices in Brisbane, including Brisbane Bird Vet, she obtained a veterinary
Brittney has always had a keen interest and love of all animals since she was a child but her real desire to work with birds developed from owning her first cockatiel at 5 years of age. She now owns a 18 year old cockatiel named Silky and a 3.5 year old sun conure named Tequila!
Al graduated from UQ in 2021, with a Bachelor in Veterinary Technology, Bachelor in Wildlife Science and a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing. After completing a 2 week placement block here, Al jumped at the opportunity to come back as an employee. His particular interests lay with the treatment and conservation of exotic and native species, and hopes to one day contribute to larger wildlife projects. Al’s love for animals began at a young age and only increased as he grew. Much to his mum’s disgust he would bring home any kind of insects he could find. To this day he aspires to keep a menagerie of different species; however, until his bank account allows for that, he appreciates nature by going on walks and twitching.
Wally, a sulphur crested cockatoo, was surrendered to BBV in 2008. She had a number of serious conditions which her previous owners were unable to treat.
After correcting her malnutrition, osteoporosis, fractured humerus and pancreatic abscess, Wally has become a star at the practice. She regularly happily donates blood for transfusions and has saved many an avian patient as a result.
Gonzo is a gang gang cockatoo and he has been with Adrian for over ten years. After a touch and go start to life, he has become an ardent advocate for BBV.
Gonzo makes periodic appearances at the surgery, meetings and events in support of Brisbane Bird Vet. His strengths are smooching and cuddling.
Jellybean is a double eyed fig parrot with attitude. After being rescued as a featherless chick from a butcher bird in Innisfail, he was surrendered to the Brighton Veterinary Surgery in 2006. He loves the girls but often has a dislike for men, especially during breeding times.