Dr. Michelle Yee joins the CBEAM team from Canada where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of Guelph. During Dr. Yee's undergraduate studies, her interest in veterinary medicine led her to working at the local wildlife centre, volunteering for an educational program that housed non-releasable raptors, and traveling to Ireland to spend time at a referral veterinary clinic. Subsequently, she acquired her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College.
After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Yee went into general practice where she slowly discovered her inclination towards exotic animals – furry, feathered and scaled. In addition, she continued to work at the Toronto Wildlife Centre and the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre helping to treat and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife. After a few years out in general practice, Dr. Yee decided to return to school to enhance her exotic knowledge. She successfully completed a year long internship in zoological, exotic and wildlife medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. As an intern, in addition to treating exotic pets, she treated animals at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, and injured wildlife (including golden eagles, snowy owls, porcupines and moose!). She also had the opportunity to publish research regarding subcutaneous sedation in ferrets. From this adventure, Dr. Yee discovered her passion and is aspiring towards becoming certified in exotic companion mammal medicine through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).
From her experiences, Dr. Yee believes that excellent patient care stems from teamwork and trust between a pet parent and their veterinarian. She cannot wait to meet and help all the adorable patients with their dedicated pet parents.
At home, Dr. Yee lives with Bishop (her rambunctious and bossy mini-rex rabbit), Salami (her loud lovebird) and 4 crested geckos. In her spare time, she enjoys indoor/outdoor rock climbing, yoga as well as traveling.