Medical Center for Birds

3805 Main Street
Oakley, CA 94581

(925)625-1878

medicalcenterforbirds.com

Medical Center for Birds Oakley California - Brandy Nicoll, RVT ManagerBrandy Nicoll, RVT Manager 

Brandy has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since May 2004. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Brandy is our head technician and supervisor.

 


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Shelly Dominguez, RVTShellie Dominguez, RVT

Shellie has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since March 2008. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Shellie works at our front desk, as well as, behind the scenes as one of our Registered Technicians.

 


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Melody Hennigh, RVT, KPA CTPMelody Hennigh, RVT, KPA-CPT

Melody has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since April 2008. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and Certified Trainer. She is the founder of Busy Beaks Academy, a training service that works closely with us at the Medical Center for Birds. Melody has completed Susan Friedman's Learning and Living with Animals course and Steve Martin's training workshop at NEI, Natural Encounters, Inc, where she received hands on training and the opportunity to work with many different species of birds including her training partner, Logan the pied crow. Melody is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy in 2013, where she received her certification as a positive reinforcement trainer. Melody has enjoyed many training adventures with dogs, including a puppy training program with inmates at Valley State Prison. Although Melody loves teaching dogs and other furry animals, teaching birds is her passion. 

Busy Beaks Academy offers group classes and private sessions in person or online via Zoom. Classes vary in topics from medication training, towel training, and foraging. Busy Beaks Academy has recently started offering webinars and many more services! To find out more, visit the Busy Beaks Academy section or the website

Melody has a small flock of her own, including Sage and Alberto, shown in this picture. Sage and Alberto are skilled teachers when it comes to low-stress toweling and restraint, medication training, and many more husbandry and enrichment behaviors! In 2018 Sage even attended ClickerExpo, a positive reinforcement/clicker training conference, in San Diego and flew to Atlanta, GA, to teach veterinarians about low-stress veterinary care at ExcoticsCon with the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Also in Melody's flock are her Yellow-Naped Amazon, two goffin's cockatoos, a border collie, toddler, and two cats. 

 


Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Sara Hawkins, RVTSara Hawkins, RVT

Sara has been employed by the Medical Center for Birds since July 2009. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Sara has a kid of her own named "Ozzy" a Congo African Grey.


 

 

Medical Center For Birds Oakley California - Rita Vasquez, Veterinary TechnicianRita Vasquez, Veterinary Technician

Rita joined the Medical Center for Birds team in March 2013. She had graciously volunteered her time for us prior to March 2013. She has three budgies of her own named "Timmy", "Kenny", and "Rico" and also a feline friend named "Sunny".

 

Medical Center for Birds Oakley California - Austin Ojala, Kennel AssistantAustin Ojala, Veterinary Technican

Austin Ojala who joined us August 2016 has his Associate of Science in Biology from Los Medanos.  He is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Animal Science at UC Davis.

 

 

 


Natalie Martinez, Kennel AssistantNatalie Martinez, Kennel Assistant

Natalie Martinez joined us September 2017. She is currently enrolled at Los Medanos College where she studies Animal Science. She is enrolled and will begin at Carrington College January 2018.


Julie Dinsdale, Technician - Medical Center For BirdsJulie Dinsdale, Veterinary Technician

Welcome to our practice our newest member Julie Dinsdale. She joined us December 2017. Julie has nearly 20 years Veterinary Technician experience.  Her love for animals does not stop here as she shares her home with ducks, chickens, mini goats, cats, a border collie, a bunny and saltwater fish! We are excited to have her on our team!