Dr Colin Walker was born in 1954 in Melbourne Australia. He graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Melbourne in 1979. Through post graduate examination he became a college accrediated avian veterinarian in 2003. He also has a Bachelor of Science majoring in Zoology from the University of Melbourne. Colin worked as a general practitioner veterinarian until 1994 but since that time has focused his veterinary work on birds. Colin established the Knox Bird Veterinary Clinic, later the Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic in 2000. Colin has kept pigeons since he was 10 years old and started racing in 1969 when he was 15. He races most years except when work or travel commitments preclude this.
Colin competes in his local club, the Knox Racing Pigeon Club and is the club's president. The Knox Racing Pigeon Club is affiliated with the Victorian Homing Association which has about 300 members. Colin has twice been federation champion (i.e. best flyer for the year) and has twice been runner up. In 2010 he was placed 12th overall. Colin also keeps and exhibits several breeds of fancy pigeons - Nuremburg Lark, Damascene, Australian Suabian, Syrian Tarbesh, and British Show Racers and over the last 10 years has had over 15 National Champions. Colin also maintains 25 aviaries and breeds the less common species of Australian parrots and also Australian Fruit Doves. He believes that maintaining healthy captive populations of these declining birds is a vital part of their conservation. Colin established the Australian Pigeon Company in 1994 which produces a range of pigeon health supplements and medications that are widely used throughout Australia.
The active competition of pigeon racing has lost none of it's excitement for Colin and he remains an 'avian-tragic' being facinated by all things avian. He feels privileged to work with many of the birds that he sees at his clinic and finds being an avian veterinarian enjoyable and rewarding.
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Dr Corrie Pinkster Veterinarian
Dr. Corrie Pinkster has been with the Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2006. She recently completed a post graduate diploma in Avian Medicine and is planning to sit her membership exams in Avian Medicine and Surgery in 2012. At home Corrie has 'Gazza' the galah, 'MC' the blue and gold macaw and 'Shadow' the cat to keep her on her toes. Corrie has a particular interest in avian behaviour.
Marcia McDonald Nurse
Marcia McDonald has worked at the Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic for 22 years. She is a familar voice on the phone and face at reception. She is an extremely experienced bird handler and surgical nurse and has much to do with the day to day running of the practice. Marcia has taken the birds to the Statewide Victorian 700 mile pigeon race and also successfully exhibits several breeds of fancy pigeons winning in the last few years two National Championships (Best Australian Suabian, Best Damascene).
Laura Van Dinther Nurse
Laura Van Dinther joined the team in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Animal Science and Management from the University of Melbourne and has a keen interest in all aspects of animal behaviour. When Laura is not at the clinic helping clients or assisting the vets, she is training and competing with her two horses Boo and Beau.
Kerrie Wilkinson Nurse
Kerrie Wilkinson is the newest member of our team. She is currently in her second year of the Bachelor of Science at Monash University. Kerri is working at the Melbourne Bird Clinic part time while she studies.
Ian Osmand Warehouse Manager
Ian is the Melbourne Bird Veterinary Clinic's and Australian Pigeon Company's warehouse manager. He is responsible for stock maintenance and the preparation and distribution of avian product orders. Ian was a competitive pigeon racer for over 20 years.
Gundy Geriatric Galah
Gundy was hit by a car at Gundagai 45 years ago and suffered serious pelvic and leg injuries. He came into our care 3 years ago after his previous owners could no longer care for him. His leg injuries mean that he can no longer walk but happily gets around doing the 'Gundy shuffle' and is otherwise happy and healthy. He speaks Gund-english which he understands well but only others with a trained ear can understand. He loves cuddles and strokes but only on his terms and has all other staff members well trained.