September, 2015

September 08, 2015

Dr. Brendan Carmel Named 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award Winner

Murdock, NE, September 8, 2015 -- Oxbow Animal Health has announced Dr. Brendan Carmel as the winner of the 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award.  Established in 2009, the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is presented annually to an animal health professional who advances the field of exotic mammal medicine and care.  Dr. Carmel, who owns and operates the Warranwood Veterinary Center in Warranwood, Australia, was presented with the award at ExoticsCon 2015 in San Antonio, Texas on August 30, at a reception in his honor. 

“We are honored to recognize Dr. Brendan Carmel with the 2015 Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award,” said John Miller, President and CEO of Oxbow Animal Health.  “A pioneer in exotics medicine in his native Australia, Dr. Carmel’s impact on the profession can be felt the world over.  Among his many attributes and accomplishments, his selfless commitment to educating present and future veterinarians is to be commended and celebrated.  It is a thrill and an honor to recognize him with this award.” 

“I was truly surprised and honored to be named the 2015 winner of the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award,” said Dr. Carmel.  “I must thank my colleagues for nominating me and my family for coping with the long hours I spend focusing on 'different' pets. Looking at the previous winners, I see pillars of the exotic mammal veterinarian community, and feel extremely lucky and humbled to receive this award.  I am very grateful to Oxbow Animal Health for supporting this prestigious international award.  Such support enables wider recognition of the fantastic work worldwide provided by small mammal veterinarians for exotic/unusual pets.”

In 2001, Dr. Carmel opened the Warranwood Veterinary Center, a small animal clinic focusing on unusual and exotic pets.  As an academic associate with the University of Melbourne, Dr. Carmel provides ongoing training of veterinary students and veterinarians.  For the past 13 years, Dr. Carmel has served as consultant veterinarian for the Melbourne Museum.  He lectures part-time at the University of Melbourne and was appointed as a consultant in unusual and exotic pets by the university in 2008.  Dr. Carmel is a founding member both the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the Association of Amphibian and Reptilian Veterinarians.  In 2014, he was elected as Chair of the International Committee within AEMV.   

The Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award is based on excellence in one or more of the following areas: exhibiting leadership in the field of exotic mammal health, advancing the understanding of clinical diseases and treatments in exotic mammal pets, promoting the field of exotic mammal medicine, promoting the field of exotic mammal nutrition, providing innovation to the field of exotic mammal medicine.  Nominations are made by submitting a CV and letter of recommendation describing the individual and how they exemplify the above qualities.  For more information, visit  

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