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Speaker Biographies

We are so excited to announce our speaker line-up for the Expo! 

Main Speaker: Dr Gerry Skinner - The Rabbit Doctors

Dr Brendan Carmel - Warranwood

Dee Morris

Dr Lizzie Selby

Dr Nicole Su

Dr Ruby Ivanov

Dr Brendan Carmel BVSc MVS MANZCVSC (Unusual Pets) GDipComp

Dr Carmel works in a small animal practice in the northeast suburbs of Melbourne where over 90% of the caseload are unusual pets. 

He is the co-founder and current president of the Unusual and Exotic Pet Veterinarians special interest group of the AVA; the President of the Unusual Pets Chapter of the The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and a founding member of both the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians. 

Brendan is the veterinary consultant to the Melbourne Museum, lecturer in wildlife and unusual and exotic pet medicine at the University of Melbourne.

Brendan was awarded the 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award for excellence and innovation in the filed of exotic mammal heath - the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to win this award.

Dee Morris CVN BA BPhil MPhil

Dee is the head nurse at The Rabbit Doctors. She has been veterinary nursing for over 8 years and working exclusively with rabbits for 3 years. She has two senior bunnies of her own: Pippa who is 8 years old and Bizzy who is 9!

Dr Gerry Skinner BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS MANZCVS (ECC)

Gerry Skinner is the founder of the Rabbit Doctors and since its creation the group has gone from strength to strength! She has been involved in the rabbit world all her life, and has been treating them as vet surgeon both in the UK and Australia for over 14 years. She qualified from Bristol in the UK in 2003 after switching careers from archaeology and never looked back!

After initial exotics training in the UK she moved to Australia 10 years ago and kept emergency and critical care as her main clinical interest, gaining memberships in ECC and she managed a large Emergency Centre for several years. 2.5yrs ago she decided to provide the best possible “gold” standard of care for rabbits by opening her own 24/7 Melbourne wide rabbit service. Her special interests include emergency and critical care and gastrointestinal diseases in rabbits. She currently has 8 house rabbits of her own – Jeremy, Apricot, Molly, Jemima, Pablo, Beatrice, Maxi and Elwood!

Dr Lizzie Selby BVSc BSc MANZCVS (Unusual Pets)

Lizzie graduated from the Univeristy of Melbourne and has been working with rabbits ever since. She also has an interest in other exotic animals. She has a wildlife degree which compliments her Veterinary career, and has completed her Memberships in Unusual Pets. Lizzie has a passion and aptitude for education and is passionate about increasing veterinary knowledge in Rabbit medicine. 

During her non-vet time, Lizzie enjoys all things crafty and is a big lover of the outdoors!

Lizzie and her husband have two rascally rabbits, Denzel and Fury who have taken over the kitchen and keep life entertaining. 

Dr Nicole Su BSc BVMS

Dr Nicole Su is a 2014 graduate from Murdoch University and she has been in exotics-only practice ever since. She presented on tracheal collapse in rabbits at the UPAV conference in 2015, and is passionate about small herbivore and reptile medicine and surgery, having kept rabbits and various reptiles for 16 years. In her spare time, Dr Su enjoys horseback riding, video gaming, and cooking.  

Dr Ruby Ivanov BVSc

Dr Ruby has always loved rabbits and has taken every opportunity to work with and learn about them throughout her veterinary career.  As well as providing care in a general practice setting, Dr Ruby has been a member of The Rabbit Doctors team since 2017. 

Dr Ruby enjoys working with buns for their delightful personalities, individual quirks and the medical challenges they provide. 

Dr Sam Schultz BVSc 

Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2013, and started her career at a mixed practice in Bendigo, where she quickly gathered a following of loyal bunny clients. After 3 years in mixed practice Sam and her husband decided to move back to Melbourne, where she commenced working in a combined small animal general practice and emergency centre, before taking up a position at The Rabbit Doctors in 2017. Sam loves most small furry critters and is undertaking further studies in Feline Medicine. Sam's love of rabbit medicine evolved from wanting to provide the best care possible for her own rabbits. She currently has two buns that keep her busy at home, Snickers and Smudge, and 3 cats, Simba, Splash and Sorbet, who the rabbits love keeping in line. When not working, studying or looking after her own pets Sam enjoys travelling, group fitness, baking and eating to excess.