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Dr Stephen Fearnside


Specialist in Surgery and Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Dr Stephen Fearnside graduated from The University of Sydney with first class honours in 1995. After working in rural practice for a few years, he completed a surgical internship at The Northern Sydney Veterinary Specialist Centre, followed in 2000, by a Small Animal Surgery Residency and specialist training programme with now Queensland Veterinary Specialists.

On completion of his residency training, Steve was appointed as the Head of the Small Animal Department at The University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden. In 2004, he was awarded his Fellowship in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), becoming a registered specialist in the field of small animal surgery. He has served as the Surgery Chapter President of the College and also as Head Examiner in Surgery at both Membership and Fellowship level. He regularly lectures both undergraduates and postgraduates in Australia and overseas, and supervises specialist training programmes in small animal surgery through the College.

In 2017, Steve was awarded a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in the Canine field, becoming one of the first two Australian veterinarians to be awarded this status. In 2021, Steve became the first person in Australia to be registered as a specialist in the field of Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also a founding member of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Chapter of the ANZCVS. At the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney, Steve has established and supervises Australia’s first and currently only fully supervised residency and specialist training programme in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Steve is a Director at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital and operates at both Sydney and Central Coast locations. His particular interests and focus areas in the practice include: surgical diseases of the spine, complex wound management and reconstructive surgery, advanced orthopaedics including total joint replacement and arthroscopy, orthopaedic and neurosurgical patient rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal injuries in sporting and working dogs.


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