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. James is now a registrar on veterinary ophthalmology after completing a formal residency in ophthalmology through the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) under the mentorship of Specialist Ophthalmologist Dr Mike Bernays. James and Mike are the veterinary directors of Animal Eye Services.
James has attained membership of the ANZCVS in Small Animal Internal Medicine.
He is also a member of the International Society of Veterinary Ophthalmologists(ISVO).
James has authored and had published a number of research papers including feline entropion surgery and also a rare eyelid disease of dogs known as “sterile ulcerative pyogranulomatous blepharitis.” He has also presented at numerous conferences and seminars to local and international veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary students.
James regularly travels to and provides an ophthalmology service to coastal and rural regions in QLD and NSW; such as Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Toowoomba where he works in close association with local vets clinics to care for pets with eye problems.
As of 2018 James will also be providing the small animal ophthalmology service and mentoring students at the School of Veterinary Science Gatton Campus for the University of Queensland.
James’ main base of operation is at Veterinary Specialist Services (VSS)/Animal Emergency Services (AES) hospital in Underwood. Most Wednesdays he consults and operates from the Jindalee branch of VSS/ AES.
James enjoys all aspects of veterinary ophthalmology both treating medical patients and performing a vast array of eye surgeries including, but not limited to:
· Eyelid surgery (complicated tumour removals, eyelid reconstructions and entropion)
· Abnormal hair removal – distichia, ectopic cilia, trichiasis
· Corneal/conjunctival grafts for ruptured corneas, descemetocele, sequestra, melting ulcers
· Cataract surgery
· Lens luxations surgery
· Cosmetic globe replacement (prosthesis)
· Laser surgery
· Glaucoma shunt surgery
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. Thirty 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. She also competed her own horses in E.F.A. Showjumping.
She began her ophthalmology career in Melbourne in 2000 where she spent three years at Animal Eye Care. She has since moved to sunny Brisbane where she has worked at Guide Dogs in the training department and has now been at Animal Eye Services for six years. She owns a spoiled corgi who she competes in Agility with, and two cats.