Deborah Monks is the owner of Brisbane Bird and Exotics Service in Queensland, Australia. After graduating from the University of Queensland, Dr. Monks worked in a variety of practices (general, emergency, 50% avian/50% small animal practice), before finally moving to the United Kingdom to start an avian residency at Great Western Referrals. While in England, she obtained her Certificate of Zoological Medicine (CertZooMed). There are only 3 people in Australia with this qualification. Deborah is also a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine and Surgery (Avian). She earned her Diplomate status in 2006 and is the only Australian veterinarian with this qualification. Deborah is also a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health since 1999 (MACVSc [Avian Health]). She improved on this initial qualification by achieving her Fellowship (Specialist) status in July 2006 (FACVSc [Avian Health]). Although there are now a number of Members of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health, Deborah is only the fifth person to have attained Fellowship level and is one of only two in Queensland. Dr. Monk is President of the Avian Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, she serves on the Board of Directors, for the Australasian Chapter of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, and is a Policy Councillor, for the Unusual Pets and Avian Veterinarians, Special Interest Group of the Australian Veterinary Association. She is also a member of the International Committee of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the European College of Zoological Medicine Examination Committee, and she serves as an online consultant for the Veterinary Information Network.
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