Dr. Joel Murphy ABVP Board Certified

Dr. Joel Murphy

Veterinarian/Owner

A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Murphy is the owner of the Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor. 

 With over 30 years of veterinary medical practice, and Board Certified in Exotic Bird Medicine, Dr. Murphy will treat your pet as if he or she is his own.

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Dr. Joel Murphy

BACKGROUND:

ABVP BOARD CERTIFIED, DR. JOEL MURPHY GRADUATED FROM VIRGINIA TECH WITH A B.S. IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND A MINOR IN ANIMAL PSYCHOLOGY.

He then attended and graduated from the University of Georgia in 1983. After graduation, Dr. Murphy was awarded a fellowship at the University of Georgia Veterinary School to receive advanced training in internal medicine and surgery for cats and dogs.

While at the University of Georgia, Dr. Murphy started the exotic animal and bird department and taught these specialties to veterinary students.

Dr. Joel Murphy was one of the first veterinarians in the world to be awarded Board Certification in Exotic Bird Medicine.

This advanced specialty requires 4 years of additional training and testing following the customary 8 years of veterinary school. He founded the Murphy Exotic Bird Research Center to advance the knowledge of avian nutrition, breeding and medicine. This was one of the largest non-profit research facilities for the study of captive breeding and nutrition of exotic birds in the world and was featured on Good Morning America.

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AFTER VETERINARY SCHOOL,

Dr. Murphy received advanced training in orthopedic surgerysoft tissue surgerymicrosurgerylaparoscopyinternal medicine and dermatology in canine and feline medicine. He has completed advanced training in ultrasound, radiology, and endoscopy.

Dr. Murphy is one of the few veterinarians in the world who is trained in microsurgical procedures in birds and exotics and has developed many surgical procedures. The Animal & Bird Medical Center is an international referral center for specialty care of exotic birds and mammals. He has over 30 years of experience in orthopedic, cardiac, laparoscopic, and soft tissue surgery in dogs and cats.

IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL MEDICINE,

Dr. Murphy has had extensive training in holistic and natural medicine. He has formulated holistic supplements for many pet supplement companies. The “Healthy Pet” supplements he formulated for Renew Life are sold in most pet stores and health food stores.

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DR. MURPHY HAS WRITTEN 4 BOOKS ON PET CARE. (PETBIRD.INFO)

And also has written hundreds of veterinary articles for veterinary journals and pet magazines; in-addition, Dr. Murphy has been a guest lecturer for veterinarian conferences all over the United States, Europe and as far away as Nepal. In-addition to his travels, Dr. Murphy has appeared on many television shows and has been seen on all of the local Tampa Bay television stations and has been featured on Animal Planet.

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Dr. Murphy is married to Caroline Murphy and has 3 children. When not at the hospital, he enjoys sailing, scuba diving, skiing, and horseback riding and going to the movies with his family. Dr. Murphy’s animal and nature photography has won many awards and has been published.


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Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor - Animal and Bird Medical Center

Dr. George M. Koulianos

Veterinarian

Dr. Koulianos has been with ABMC for over 15 years.

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Dr. Koulianos' Bio

EDUCATION

Was accepted into the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 prior to completing his undergraduate degree.

Attended the UF College of Agriculture while also enrolled in graduate veterinary curriculum and received his BS in Animal Science from the University of Florida College of Agriculture in 1990 before earning his DVM degree from UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

After graduating from the University of Florida, Dr. Koulianos joined a small animal referral practice in Pasco County where he was in charge of all internal medicine and dermatology cases.

Six years later, with management expertise from his wife, Erine, Dr. Koulianos opened his own small animal general practice. Dr. Koulianos eventually transitioned into serving practices throughout the Tampa Bay area as a relief veterinarian.

In 2006, his role at the Animal and Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor grew into a full time position although he still serves select practices in the Pinellas County area. Main areas of interest are canine and feline internal medicine, dermatology and nutrition.

Dr. Koulianos believes in an integrative approach to health maintenance, and disease prevention/management by combining diet /nutraceuticals, herbal and laser therapies together with more traditional medicine. Dr. Koulianos is a frequent guest on local television and radio pet care segments.

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PETS/ANIMALS

4 Border Collies and 2 Cockatiels

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Dr. Koulianos is married to his wife, Erine; they have 2 sons.

Dr. Koulianos, Erine and their family recently completed a 20 year long project of helping to build the only authentic traditional Byzantine style basilica Orthodox church in the United States – in Palm Harbor, FL.

Carole - Vet Tech - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor

Carole

Certified Veterinary Technician

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

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Carole's Bio

EDUCATION

Associates in Nursing

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

US Army Medic and Nurse
Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia
Certified Veterinary Technician in the state of Florida

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PETS/ANIMALS

3 Red Foot Tortoises
2 Rescued cats
1 rescued small breed dog

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Served 6 years in the United States Army as a Medic and Nurse
Recently accepted into the Veterinary Technician Dental Specialty Program – slated to graduate in 2022
Member of NAVTA – North American Veterinary Technicians in America
Member FVTA – Florida Veterinary Technician Association
Subscriber to the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry
Member and Officer – Legion Post 238 in Safety Harbor Florida
Wildlife Photography and enjoying the Outdoor beauty of Florida is my outlet

Tobi - Palm Harbor Vet

Tobi

Veterinary Technician

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

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Tobi's Bio

I AM A LICENSED VETERINARY TECHNICIAN, AND STARTED WORKING IN VETERINARY MEDICINE NEARLY 18 YEARS AGO.

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MY FIRST CAREER OF 12 YEARS WAS IN THE HUMAN NURSING FIELD WHERE I WORKED IN AN OB CLINIC WHILE SERVING IN THE U.S. ARMY IN GERMANY, THEN AS AN OUTPATIENT SURGERY AND SURGICAL FLOOR NURSE AT A SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IN CENTRAL INDIANA.

I enjoyed my experiences in the human nursing field, but I LOVE my second career choice in Veterinary Medicine! I am a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, and my passion is to educate owners, and provide direct care to their wonderful pets.

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I currently live in Holiday, Florida, and I share my home with 2 dogs (Samwise & Simon), 3 cats (Nopi, Natalia, and Hobbit), and a precocious Senegal Parrot named Malo.

Tiffany Dittmer - Vet Tech - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor

Tiffany

Veterinary Technician

Tiffany been with our Vet Practice since 2012.

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Tiffany's Bio

EDUCATION

Certification in Veterinary Assisting (Butler Tech Natural Science Center- Ohio & Marchman Techinical College- Florida)

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I’ve volunteered over 100 hours at ASPCA, worked in the veterinary field since 2010, and have experience in Emergency and Urgent Care.
It’s never a boring day, I can’t get enough of what I do!

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PETS/ANIMALS

Green Iguana. Her name is Iggy Azalea.
Fansy Bearded Dragon. His name is Jakku.
Miniature Dachshund Short Hair. Her name is Li-Lu.
Miniature Dachshund Long Hair. Her name is Lu-C-Lu.
Dachshund Mix Short Hair. His name is Tank.
White Ringneck Dove. Her name is Neo.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Starting at a very young age, I have always had a passion for caring for animals.I grew up taking care of several different types of animals (reptiles, birds, dogs, ferrets), so I feel that this has helped me develop my passion.
I’ve been happily married since 2015, and we share the same love for animals!
When I’m not at the office, I enjoy traveling and taking cruises to explore new countries.
Many people say I am very social. I enjoy meeting new people and their fur babies.
I love and care for all of our patients as if they are my own.

Josie Kolbeck - Staff - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor

Josie

Veterinary Technician

Josie has been a part of our family since 2017.

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Josie's Bio

EDUCATION

Graduate from the University of Wisconsin with degrees in Zoology and Conservation Biology.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Wildlife rehabilitation center, Doggy Daycare, 2 Years at ABMC

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PETS/ANIMALS

 

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

After working at a wildlife rehabilitation center and doggy daycare, I am thrilled to be continuing my love for helping animals at Animal and Bird Medical Center. Having completed a cross-country move, I couldn’t have asked to join a better family!

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

Lauren

Veterinary Assistant

Lauren has been with ABMC since 2019.

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Lauren's Bio

EDUCATION

High School Graduate with some college experience. •••

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Animal & Bird Medical Center! •••

PETS/ANIMALS

Yes I own two cats! One is a Siamese mix and the other is an orange tabby with extra toes! •••

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

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

Angela

Veterinary Assistant

Angela has been with ABMC since 2020.

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Angela's Bio

EDUCATION

Graduate from Florida Atlantic University with my bachelors in Health Science. Currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College in the Veterinary Technician Program. •••

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I did not have any previous experience before working at ABMC but I have learned more than I can imagine from both doctors and my coworkers! •••

PETS/ANIMALS

16 year old Chihuahua named Bella, 4 year old Siamese named Irma and a 3 year old Siamese named Tiffany (pictured). •••

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Program at SPC expected to finish in 2022 as a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Allyssa - Staff - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor

Allyssa

Veterinary Assistant

Allyssa has been with ABMC since 2020.

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Allyssa's Bio

EDUCATION

Currently enrolled at St. Petersburg College, pursuing a degree in Veterinary Technology. •••

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Animal & Bird Medical Center! •••

PETS/ANIMALS

I have a Yorkshire terrier named Belle Angelina Marie and a black and white cat named Jack. •••

PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

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

Ashley

Receptionist

Ashley has been with ABMC since 2020.

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Member's Bio

EDUCATION

Associate’s Degree – PHSC

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have always loved working with animals. Since I was little, my parents have always thought that I was some kind of animal whisperer because animals always come to me.

I spent 2.5 years at Pasco County Animal Shelter and did over 275 hours community service while attending Marchman Technical Education Center junior- senior years.

I plan on continuing my education into veterinary medicine to pursue my passion and career in animal medicine.

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PETS/ANIMALS

I have 4 German shepherds, 2 cats and a dachshund. (Only one – Shiloh James, is mine)

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I enjoy my time-off spending time with family and friends. I love spending time and car rides with my baby boy Shiloh James. He’s my whole world.

When I’m not spending time with him, family or friends, I am bowling, playing basketball, going to the beach, sewing or reading. I also love to babysit kids in my spare time because I love kids too!

 

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

Krissy

Veterinary Assistant

Krissy had been with the ABMC family since 2020.

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Krissy's Bio

EDUCATION

High School diploma

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have been dog sitting, walking, and boarding through a reputable service since 2018.

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PETS/ANIMALS

I have a 1 year old mixed breed named Blue and a 2 year old mixed breed named Brookie.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I love my three sons, my two dogs, and my amazing opportunity of working at ABMC!

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

Farrah

Veterinary Assistant

Farrah has been with the ABMC family since 2020.

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Farrah's Bio

EDUCATION

Graduate of the Tarpon Springs High School Veterinary Science Academy and obtained my certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician Assistant.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

4 years in Veterinary Science Academy Program

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PETS/ANIMALS

I have 2 lovely dogs: Zena and Bentley
2 Cats: Thor and Butters
2 Leopard Geckos: Soul and Maka
and 2 Bearded Dragons: Grizzly and Big Mac.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I plan to attend SPC in order to start obtaining a degree in biology so that I can begin working towards becoming a Veterinary Pathologist. I like to do embroider things for my friends and family.

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

Cara

Veterinary Assistant

Cara has been with the AMBC family since 2019.

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Cara's Bio

EDUCATION

Tarpon High Graduate. Currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida expected to graduate in 2024 with my Bachelors in Biomedical Science.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Graduate of the Tarpon Springs Veterinary Academy. Volunteered at ABMC for 1 year and was offered a part time position.

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PETS/ANIMALS

Not currently but adopting a dog soon!

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Certified Veterinary Assistant.
Volunteered at the SPC Veterinary Technician College.

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