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. He has served as Head Examiner in Surgery for the College at both a Membership and Fellowship level, and regularly lectures both undergraduates and postgraduates in Australia and overseas. He is currently the Surgery Chapter President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and supervises specialist training programmes in small animal surgery through the College.
Steve is the first and currently only Australian practicing veterinary specialist to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in the Canine field. The ACVSMR is an American Veterinary Medical Association recognised speciality organisation.
Steve is a registered specialist in small animal surgery and a director of the hospital. His particular interests and focus areas in the practice include: surgical diseases of the spine, complex wound management, advanced orthopaedics including total joint replacement and arthroscopy, orthopaedic and neurosurgical patient rehabilitation and management of musculoskeletal injuries in sporting and working dogs