Dr David Vella graduated with a Bachelor of Science (1992) and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (1996) – both from the University of Sydney. In 2009, David became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals, the first and only Australian vet to achieve these credentials. Currently volunteering for NSW WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue & Emergency Service), Dr Vella is involved in reptile and amphibian rescue. He also trains in handling, rehabilitation, foster care and rescue. Dr Vella is director of Sydney Exotics and Rabbit Vets (SERV) working out of the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre.