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.


• How to Care for Your Pet Bird     • Photography Portfolio

Our palm harbor vet staff

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

Carole

Veterinary Technician

A licensed Veterinary Technician, Carole started working in Veterinary Medicine nearly 18 years ago.

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Carole'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.

Tobi - Palm Harbor Vet

Tobi

Veterinary Technician

Has been with the Animal & Bird Medical Center for over 15 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 has worked in the veterinary field since 2010 and has been with our Vet Practice for 6 years.

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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.

Tatiana Matos - Animal and Bird Medical Center Vet Clinic of Palm Harbor

Tatiana

Veterinary Technician

Tatiana has a passion for animals and has been a part of our family for 5 years.

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Tatiana's Bio

EDUCATION

Certified Veterinary Technician
Plans for Veterinary School

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

5 Years at ABMC

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PETS/ANIMALS

I have one Cat Grimm .I rescued him as a small kitten .
I also have one Lab Mix named Rory who was also a rescue.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I grew up with lots of animals from horses & chickens to reptiles and fish. I had always hoped to be helping and working with animals as a little girl and so happy to be a part of the ABMC crew family.
When Im not with my ABMC family I enjoy spending time with my family at home going to local markets and taking my daughter to the park to watch all the birds.

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!

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

Karee

Veterinary Technician

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

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Karee' Bio

EDUCATION

Studied at St. Petersburg College

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I started volunteering for Animal and Bird Medical Center when I was 17 years old and have been here ever since.

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PETS/ANIMALS

I have 4 pets. I have 2 tan Chihuahua mixes named Foster and Willie and I have 2 black and white cats named Jack and Alice.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I love spending time with my family and going on vacation.

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Amanda

Veterinary Technician's Assistant

Amanda plans to become a Veterinarian one day. She has been with us for 2 years.

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Amanda's Bio

EDUCATION

Senior year of High School.
After high school I plan to attend college to become a veterinarian.

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have volunteered at a vet clinic for about 7 years and in the same time volunteered at an animal sanctuary.

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PETS/ANIMALS

Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Hershey, 10yrs old

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I am a senior in high school and plan to afterwards attend college to get my bachelor’s degree in animal science. After that I plan to go to school to become a mixed animal veterinarian. From household pets to exotic species and farm animals, I want to treat them all. Growing up visiting my grandparents’ beef cattle farm and my great uncle’s dairy cattle farm, I realized that large animals had to be part of my practice. Yet, through volunteering at the animal sanctuary I have realized exotic animals had to be included as well. Animals are my passion and I love caring for them! As for fun, I love taking my dog to the beach or the park. Additionally, I love attending or watching Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games. Go Bolts!

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

Nicole

Receptionist

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

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Nicole's Bio

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have volunteered at a vet clinic for about 7 years and in the same time volunteered at an animal sanctuary.

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PETS/ANIMALS

2 – A Domestic Short Hair named Teddy and a Carolina Dog named Casey.

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

I enjoy reading Science Fiction/Fantasy and drawing.

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Megan

Receptionist

Megan has been with ABMC for over 1 year and is currently enrolled in college.

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Megan's Bio

EDUCATION

Currently Enrolled At SPC (St. Petersburg College)

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PETS/ANIMALS

None

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PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Currently enrolled in college!

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Alexa

Receptionist

Alexa has been with ABMC for over 1 year.

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Alexa's Bio

EDUCATION

High School Diploma

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have worked in Customer Service and as a Receptionist for over four years.

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PETS/ANIMALS

2 Pit Bulls.

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