Dr Mark FlintDr Mark Flint

Dr Flint is Director of Vet-MARTI, an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Veterinary Science and a Veterinary Researcher in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Since 1995, Dr Flint has conducted wildlife and marine research and investigations in Australia and the USA.

Dr Flint’s research areas focus on identifying prevalent and emerging diseases in marine and freshwater turtles, dugongs, manatees and fish species as they relate to environmental and commercial stressors.
Through The University of Queensland, Dr Flint co-ordinates all ante-mortem field experiments, gross post-mortem examinations and consults to State and Federal Government. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Marine Mammal Strandings in Queensland.

Through the University of Florida, Dr Flint researches and practices with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Aquarium and the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratories.



Dr Paul MillsAssociate Professor Paul Mills

Dr Mills is Associate Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology in the School of Veterinary Science and a veterinary surgeon with 23 years experience in veterinary pharmacology, therapeutics and disease control in Australia, the UK, and Europe.

Dr Mills' current research areas focus on therapeutics in marine species and establishing the disease processes leading to marine turtle morbidity and mortality.  He is the regional coordinator for disease investigation and strandings of marine wildlife and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Marine Mammal Strandings in Queensland.

Dr Mills advises on all research aspects of Vet-MARTI.

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Assoc. Prof. Janet Patterson-KaneProfessor Janet Patterson-Kane

Professor Patterson-Kane is Professor of Veterinary Pathology and Clinical Director of Veterinary Diagnostic Services in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Professor Patterson-Kane is an American board-certified specialist in veterinary pathology, with 14 years experience in wildlife diagnostic pathology in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

Professor Patterson-Kane’s current research areas in this field focus on investigation of pathological processes in marine turtles and dugongs, including those contributing to strandings and mortality.

Professor Patterson-Kane advises on all gross and histological post-mortems and parasitological investigations in Vet-MARTI.



Adj. Assoc. Prof. Colin LimpusAdjunct Associate Professor Colin Limpus

Dr Limpus is Chief Scientist, Aquatic Threatened Species and Threatening Processes, Environment and Resource Sciences Division, Department of Environment and Resource Management and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Science. Since 1976, Dr Limpus has conducted pioneering conservation and management research and education programs in marine turtles in Australia as well as in the USA, West Indies, Central America, Greece, South Africa, Oman, Saudi Arabia, India, Southeast Asia, southwest Pacific and Japan.

Dr Limpus’ current research focuses on the environmental impacts, ecology, population dynamics and conservation of long-lived, delayed maturity reptiles such as marine turtles, cloacal ventilating freshwater turtles and crocodiles, sea birds and dugongs.

Dr Limpus advises on and participates in all ecological aspects of Vet-MARTI’s charter.



Dr Helen OwenDr Helen Owen

Dr Owen is a lecturer in veterinary pathology in the School of Veterinary Sciences and a veterinary pathologist with 6 years experience, both in Australia and the UK. Her current interests in this field include pathological investigation of dugong mortality and characterisation of the dugong inflammatory response.



Postgraduate Students

Dr Paul EdenDr Paul Eden

Graduating in 1997, Dr Eden worked in general practice in Australia and the UK for 4 years before undertaking an MSc degree in Wild Animal Health through the Zoological Society of London and Royal Veterinary College. Part of this work focused on reintroduction of wildlife species of conservation concern.

Upon completing the MSc program, Paul took up a position as a clinical veterinarian at Perth Zoo, Western Australia.  Over the next 8 years, Paul was involved in a range of conservation medicine activities, including investigation of health and disease of brush tailed bettongs (woylies) and rehabilitation of threatened black cockatoos.

In late 2010, Paul started an ARC-Linkage funded PhD program through Vet-MARTI. He is examining "An investigation of trematode infections impacting on marine turtle populations" by use of ante-mortem, gross and histological post-mortem and molecular techniques.

Paul’s interests include wildlife pathology, epidemiology and disease investigation.



Dr Amber GilletDr Amber Gillett

Graduating in 2005, Dr Gillett is a full time senior wildlife veterinarian and co-ordinator of veterinary research at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah. Amber's daily duties include triage, clinical care and surgical intervention on a range of native Australian terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species, including koalas, sea turtles and sea snakes.

In mid-2010, Amber started a Masters of Philosophy in Veterinary Science program through Vet-MARTI. Her research is examining "An assessment of disease on the morbidity and mortality of Australian marine snakes stranded from Bundaberg to the Gold Coast, Australia". Her research will provide a comprehensive health assessment, necropsy guide, and haematological reference ranges for sea snakes to enable diagnosis of diseases found in sea snakes from south east Queensland. 

Amber’s interests include wildlife disease and pathology, epidemiology and clinical application of research findings.