Meet Our Veterinary Staff

A Little About Dr. Joel Murphy


Dr. Murphy has never been satisfied with being average at what he does. He has created a whole new standard in veterinary care. The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor, Florida, a full-service hospital and boarding center, reflects his continued effort to offer you a higher standard in care for your cherished pet.
Dr. Murphy has written four books on pet care. His latest book How To Care For Your Pet Bird: Practical Advice From Dr. Joel Murphy just rolled off the presses this year and is available at the hospital (at a discount for clients). He gives lectures at veterinary continuing education conferences and animal and bird societies every year. He has published 112 articles and 12 scientific papers. He produced a complete “How To” pet video series in 1988. He has been featured on many radio shows and on Good Morning America.

Advanced Training In Veterinary Care For Your Pet

He graduated Cum Laude from Virginia Tech with a double bachelors degree in biochemistry and animal psychology. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the world renowned University of Georgia Veterinary School. He was one of four students out of his entire veterinary class that qualified for an additional year of extremely rigorous training in dog and cat medicine and surgery. This was the most intense year of advanced training as he worked hand in hand with some of the top dermatologists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists and internal medicine specialists in the country. In addition to his advance training in the diagnosis and treatment of dog and cat diseases, he served as Director of Exotic Animal and Bird Medicine at the University of Georgia Veterinary School and taught all of the exotic animal and bird classes to student veterinarians.

Holistic Medicine

In addition to state of the art medicine and surgery, Dr. Murphy has been studying homeopathy, herbal medicine, nutraceuticals, Reiki and adamantine medicine for over 20 years. Dr. Murphy is well known across the United States for his holistic supplements that are sold in quality health food stores by the Renew Life Company.

The Highest Level of Expertise In Pet Bird Medicine

He is one of the first veterinarians in the world to become diplomat, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners Certified in Avian Practice. This is the only advanced certification for exotic bird medicine and this level of expertise requires an extremely high level of training and testing.

In addition, Dr. Murphy founded the Murphy Exotic Bird Research Center, one of the largest nonprofit bird sanctuaries for the study of how to best care for your parrots. Dr. Murphy has been doing research in the Amazon rainforest for 15 years, studying habitat and natural diets of parots in the wild.

A Little About Our Staff

The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor boasts one of the best staff in the Tampa Bay area. Friendly and professional, this group of men and women strive to make you and your pet’s experience at the Animal & Bird Medical Center as comfortable and helpful as possible.

Between them, they have over 60 years of experience in the veterinary field, and collectively they own 20 dogs, 29 cats, 6 birds, 9 snakes, countless fish and lizards, and one horse. 

They understand your needs when it comes to your pet!



Certified Veterinary Technician

A Certified Veterinary Technician, Carole began her Veterinary Medicine career over 20 years ago.



Veterinary Technician

Has been with the Animal & Bird Medical Center for over 18 years.



Veterinary Technician

Tiffany has worked in the veterinary field since 2010 and has been with our Vet Practice for over 9 years.



Veterinary Technician

Josie has been a part of our family since 2017.



Veterinary Technician

Karee used to volunteer with ABMC and has now been a full-time family member for over 3 years.



Veterinary Technitian

Amber has been with ABMC for over 2 years.

Lauren Perry - Staff - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor


Veterinary Assistant

Lauren has been with ABMC since 2019 and is currently enrolled in college.



Veterinary Technitian

Samm has been with ABMC since 2017.







Veterinary Technician

Tatiana has a passion for animals and has been a part of our family for over 7 years.




Nicole has worked for ABMC for over a year and is a fantastic artist.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.