Our Staff

Dr Hamish Baron

Dr Hamish Baron

BVSc (Hons)
Senior Veterinarian

Hamish graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 2012. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, he moved to Brisbane in 2008 to study Veterinary Science. Prior to moving, Hamish studied a Bachelor of Science while playing representative hockey for Auckland and New Zealand from 2004-2007.

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 University of Queensland Most Valuable Veterinary Student for the small animal medicine rotation.

Associate Professor David Phalen

Assoc Prof David Phalen

DVM, PhD, Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian)

David has been a practicing veterinarian for 31 years. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy in infectious diseases of birds from Texas A&M University in 1992. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Avian Specialty since 1997. He has also made over 300 local and international presentations to scientists, veterinarians, and bird and other exotic pet owners in Australia and worldwide. Clinically, he is particularly interested in haematology, cytology, imaging, pathology, and avicultural medicine.

David is involved in the AREPH as a consultant acknowledged for his expertise and experience in avian and exotic pet medicine. David provides support to the clinical staff through training, advice and hospital rounds where case management is reviewed and discussed to ensure the best possible outcomes for the hospitalised patients in the AREPH. David also has a substantial role to play in the education of the next generation of veterinarians through his position as Associate Professor and his teaching commitments to both undergraduate and post graduate students at the University of Sydney.

Melanie Hammond


Veterinary Nurse

Melanie has been a veterinary nurse for many years. While always working with exotics and wildlife she has worked with cats and dogs as well.

Melanie is passionate about all animals and their welfare as well as having a keen interest in conservation and animal behaviour.

Neil Loomes


Administrative Assistant

Neil has experience as a pet and aquarium store owner and worked at Taronga Zoo for over 16 years as a Zookeeper and in the marketing department.

Neil’s knowledge of animal husbandry and care is extensive, making him a valuable source of information. He is the new face and voice of the Avian, Reptile, and Exotic Pet Hospital as he will be the first point of contact for the public. Neil also plays an important role in the care of hospitalised animals.