Meet the Veterinary Team
Dr Michael Cannon
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney in 1976 and settled in Wollongong soon after, raising his family here. He was awarded Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in 1984 and was one of the first vets in Australia to surgically sex birds. He received his Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Technology Sydney in 1991 and in the same year established Cannon & Ball Veterinary Clinic (along with friend and colleague Dr David Ball).
Throughout his career he has worked with many different species of animal. He is active in aviculture and works with various wildlife parks and zoos when not at the clinic. He has taught veterinary nurses and zoo keepers in the past and currently lectures veterinary students at Sydney University. He is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians - Australasian Committee, Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association, Association of Reptile and Amphibian vets.
Dr Kim Fryer
Kim has been practicing at Cannon & Ball since 2002 and a partner since 2004. She has worked in veterinary clinics since she was 14. Originally from NZ, she completed a BSc in 1991 and BVSc in 1993 at Massey University. She moved to Australia in 1999 to gain more experience in avian medicine. In 2003 she passed the examinations to gain membership of the Australian & NZ College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health.
Kim has a keen interest in continuing education, surgery and medicine of all pets. She attends annual conferences in avian, reptile and unusual pet medicine. In the past few years she has also completed a distance education course in internal medicine of cats and dogs, attended workshops and seminars on soft tissue surgery, geriatric medicine, adominal ultrasonagraphy, canine rehabilitation and sports medicine.
She is a director of the Association of Avian Veterinarians - Australasian Committee and a member of the Unusual Pet and Avian Veterinarians special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association.
In what little spare time she has she enjoys bushwalking, reading, spending time with friends and supporting her partner at dog sports events.
Dr Gail McDowell
Gail has been with us since February 2013. Graduating from Glasgow University, Scotland in 2009 she began her career working in a companion animal practice in South Australia where she gained a good grounding in all things cat and dog. She comes to us with a keen interest in surgery and a passion for all animals, especially birds. She is a member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians - Australasian Committee. Gail passed the examinations to gain membership of the Australian & NZ College of Veterinary Scientists in Avian Health in 2015. When not at work Gail enjoys rockclimbing and scuba diving.
Dr Jessica Bradley
Jessica graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 2012. She started her career in Sydney, working in a small animal practice for the last 2.5 years. Jessica became interested in Avian Medicine through having her own crazy cockatiels and studied an Avian Medicine course through Massey University (in New Zealand) in 2014. Jessica joined the team at Cannon and Ball Vets in March 2015. She has an interest in surgery and animal welfare, and has a particular soft spot for geriatric patients. Outside of work Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly her 2 beautiful nephews, performs as a vocalist at her local church, and enjoys the calm that comes with knitting.
Jessica and her husband adopted their first fur child 'Louis' from the RSPCA shelter after Jessica fell in love with him on one of her shelter visits!
Dr Victoria Blake
Victoria is our newest vet here at Cannon and Ball, joining the team in August 2017. Victoria has recently moved to Wollongong from Wagga where she has spent the last 6 years studying for her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University. Originally from the north of Sydney, she is looking forward to being back on the coast and enjoying all that coastal life has to offer. She is interested in both surgery and medicine and with two cats at home, has a particular soft spot for feline friends. In her spare time, she enjoys horse riding, bushwalking, yoga and playing sports.