Dr Michael E Bernays FANZCVSc. - Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Mike graduated from the University of Sydney in 1980 and worked in general practice for 15 years in Tamworth, Bathurst and Brisbane until the dream of formal training in ophthalmology came alive when he commenced training with Dr Richard Smith in 1996. After working with Richard and spending further time in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Rhode Island USA he obtained his Fellowship from the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1999.
Mike’s other interests include flying (he owns and flies his own aircraft, a Piper Twin Comanche) and music. He sings in a 40 voice semi-professional chamber choir, Canticum.
Dr James White MANZCVSc. - Veterinary Ophthalmology Resident
James graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. He then moved to Brisbane to work in small animal general practice for 3 years. During that time he authored a research paper on feline entropion with Animal Eye Care Melbourne which was subsequently published in the international journal 'Veterinary Ophthalmology.' James presented these findings at the ANZCVS College Science Week conference on the Gold Coast in 2011. In 2013 he began his formal residency programme with Animal Eye Services.
In his spare time James enjoys running, cycling, Crossfit and going to the beach.
Melyssa - Veterinary Ophthalmic Nurse
It all started when puppies used to follow Melyssa home from school; she knew then that she wanted to work in the veterinary industry. Once Melyssa finished year 12 she began working at a veterinary hospital in the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
After 4 years Melyssa moved with her much loved horse and dog to the hustle and bustle of Sydney. While working in a veterinary hospital at Bondi Junction for six years, she achieved her advanced certificate in veterinary nursing. She collected a menagerie of animals including her husband, and moved to the warmer relaxed climate of Brisbane in 1999.
After working at a couple of veterinary hospitals in Brisbane, Melyssa took up a position with Animal Eye Services as an Ophthalmic Nurse. During this time she has added to her menagerie and is now mum to four horses (two of which she competes on), two dogs, three cats, two geese and thirteen ducks.
Leonie - Veterinary Ophthalmic Nurse
Having started in the workforce as a receptionist, Leonie proceeded to University in 1998 to do a Bachelor of Applied Science in Animal Studies with a specialisation in Wildlife Biology.
After deferring her honours project in Theraphosid systematics (Tarantula spiders), Leonie decided to spend another year at Uni to do another specialisation, this time in Veterinary Technology and Management.This led her to volunteer at the University Small Animal Teaching Hospital to gain some clinical experience while studying. She also did some locum nursing at the Uni before being offered a nursing position at Animal Eye Services.
She currently has two dogs and a devon rex cat.
Amber - Veterinary Ophthalmic Nurse
Ambers animal career began when she was 11 years old, when she begged a horse trail ride center to let her volunteer for them. Twenty five years later she’s still in the industry and loving every minute of it!
She has completed certificate two and certificate three in Animal Studies (Veterinary Nursing) and the Advanced Diploma of Equine Management where she won the E.F.A. scholarship.
She has spent three years as a specialist horse vet nurse, and has worked in almost every role available in the horse industry including breaking, training, yearling prep, breeding, track work, trail riding, farrier, and showjump groom and rider. She also competed her own horses in E.F.A. Showjumping. Eventually she got sick of having no money and decided to sell up and travel the world instead!
She began her ophthalmology career in Melbourne and spent three years at Animal Eye Care. She has since moved to sunny Brisbane and currently keeps herself busy by working for Animal Eye Services during the week and working at Guide dogs on the weekends!