Our business has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2003. Our greatest rewards have been helping our clients realise their dreams. Whether it’s seeing a vacant lot turned into a thriving concept, a business ripe for expansion or a simple refurbishment brought to fruition.

Walk in our door or talk to us on the phone and you will feel a sense of ease. We are here to help you. Our management team is constantly travelling Australia and the World to ensure that they are at the forefront of design and functionality. Their commitment to innovation and passion for excellence flows through their designs and products.

Our unique skills, honed over the years, become yours as we walk you through every step. We listen and learn about your wants and needs and this consultative process forms your path. The results are great designs, fresh and modern, function and appealing, but most of all – yours. Designed with you, delivered for you and enjoyed by you.

About Us

Wealth of Experience:

Over 30 years of diverse industry experience have led to a broad understanding of the specialised requirements needed for construction projects within the Animal Care Industry. We have designed and installed many projects throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific Region, and have the unique skill sets needed to handle all the issues associated with designing Animal Care facilities.

Designing for Optimal Animal Care:

Whether you are a shelter, pet resort or veterinary practice – we know what you need to design first class facilities that improve workplace efficiency and safety, and ensure the comfort and well being of the animals in your care.

Specialist Product Selection:

We have sourced the best products available worldwide from industry leading companies. By working with you we can provide a range of quality products to improve your working day – from disease control and waste management, through to surgical equipment that works the way you do, with great ease and functionality.

The First Step:

At Therian we appreciate the complexities of running a business and understand the need to maximise the return on your investment. Incorporating us into your planning process early on can reduce unnecessary costs and delays. We provide comprehensive support irrespective of the size of your project or product needs.

We understand our clients have different needs. We offer solutions that meet your specific requirements.

What we appreciate most about working with the Therian team is their wealth of experience and professionalism at all times to ensure that together as a team we deliver an amazing cat shelter and cat management facility that will ensure that Cat Haven can continue to offer open admission shelter services to the Perth community.

Nicole Bishop
President, Cat Haven

Our approach was to work with a company that specialised in this area so that the process was as efficient and as easy as possible. Gavin and his team are very approachable and contactable. Communication is very good and we have always felt part of the process.

Dr. Andrew Paxton-Hall BVSc.
Yarrabilba Veterinary Hospital

Behind the name Therian

The meaning behind the name Therian comes from an ancient Greek saying Philotherianism, which translates to “For the love of animals”. All of the staff at Therian are passionate about the environments we design for animals and our products which protect them.

Our Team

Gavin Biggs
Gavin BiggsChief Executive Officer
Gavin has a passion for human and animal movement that showcases itself in dynamic and engaging animal facility design. Gavin travels extensively to ensure that he is abreast of all the latest ideas in animal care.Since 2006, he has been heavily involved in designing and project managing many animal facilities. Gavin see’s his success as the success of his clients and the long term relationships that have prevailed past the projects completion dates.
Bryan King
Bryan KingDesign Manager / Lead Architect
Bryan is a registered architect and has specialised exclusively in the design of veterinary hospitals and other animal care facilities throughout Australia, the U.S.A, and Canada since 2002. Bryan joined Therian as the Architecture Manager in January 2018. He has expertise designing complex projects including multi-phased construction and equipment coordination for large veterinary specialty hospitals as well as extensive experience with more modest small-animal practices.
Ariella Kerr
Ariella KerrExecutive Assistant
After spending 2 years abroad developing her office management and C-suite assistant skills in London CBD, Ariella returned to the Gold Coast and began her journey with Therian. Ariella joined the Therian team in 2019 as the Executive Assistant to CEO, Gavin Biggs. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science and many years experience within management and the corporate environment.
Simon Hurcombe
Simon HurcombeArchitectural Technician I
Architectural technician with 7 years of experience in the industry and a Bachelor of Architecture, upon joining Therian in 2015 has focused on design and construction management of a range of animal facilities types across Australia.
Annabel Tape
Annabel TapeArchitectural Technician III
Annabel joined the Therian Architecture team in 2020 as a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Architectural Design from Griffith University. Annabel possesses a strong passion for architecture and design. She prides herself in her high attention to detail and work ethic which allow her to successfully model and document architectural designs at Therian.
Brendon Della Bella
Brendon Della BellaArchitectural Technician III
Brendon is an Architectural Student who completed his Bachelor of Architectural Design qualification in 2017 and is currently finalising his Master of Architecture education. Prior to joining Therian, Brendon worked as an Architectural Draftsman designing both multi-family residential and commercial projects. His experience and skill with computer modelling provide valued support across every aspect of design and documentation for our team.
Nicholas Biggs
Nicholas BiggsTechnology Manager
After numerous years of Information Technology Specialist experience, and with a Bachelor of Information Technology – Majoring in Business Analysis, Nicholas joined Therian striving to fulfill a passion of assisting clients improve their business and their workflow with the use of Cubex.
Natasha Kirk
Natasha KirkProject Success Officer
Natasha joined the Therian team in 2014 bringing her extensive office support and administration experience, and has progressed to become the Project Success Officer for our Design team. Natasha provides vital administrative and organisational support to the Design office.
Jo-Anne Dunbar
Jo-Anne DunbarAccounts Clerk
Jo-Anne joined the Therian team in March 2020, bringing her extensive accounts knowledge. She has a Bachelor of Business and provides vital internal accounts support to all departments at Therian.
Kellie Colvin
Kellie ColvinEquipment Manager
Kellie is the Manager of our Equipment Team at Therian, joining in 2021. Kellie has worked in the Veterinary and Animal Industries for over 20 years. She has worked in both small and large veterinary clinics and worked with key Animal Health suppliers over the years. Her qualifications include Veterinary Nursing, Training and Assessment, Equine Science, Business, and Sales Management and Marketing. She has also completed the Executive Ready program as part of a Masters of Leadership.
Loren Copp
Loren CoppEquipment Sales & Project Support
Loren is the Sales and Project Administrator for the equipment division at Therian. Loren has over 10 years’ experience working with pet, vet and equine products and services. Prior to joining Therian, Loren graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Zoology) from the University of Queensland and has a keen interest in animal behaviour and enrichment.
Grace Winton
Grace WintonOffice Clerk
Grace joined the Therian Administration team in 2017. Over 5 years of retail experience, she provides a vast understanding in sales and customer service for our Therian clients.
Kelly Biggs
Kelly BiggsMarketing Manager
Kelly has been with the firm since it first opened its doors. These days she concentrates on Marketing for the firm, organising all trade shows and promotional advertisments. Kelly oversaw the renovations of our new office at Ashmore and loves to welcome clients in. She firmly believes that good design influences our daily life and enhances our experiences.
Leanna Oakes
Leanna OakesMarketing Coordinator
Leanna joined Therian in 2019 after relocating from Singapore to Australia. Leanna comes with over 10 years of marketing and event management experience in the Asia Pacific Region. She specialises in branding, digital campaigns and content creation of various collaterals.

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