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Stephen Fearnside

Small Animal Specialist Hospital
Director, Surgical Specialist and Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Veterinarian
Sydney and Central Coast, NSW
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, Steve was awarded his Fellowship in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS). He is the past President of the Surgery Chapter of the College and supervises ANZCVS specialist training programmes in Small Animal Surgery. He has also served as Head Examiner in Surgery at both a Membership and Fellowship level. Steve regularly lectures both undergraduates and postgraduates in Australia and overseas in Small Animal Surgery as well as Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In 2017, Steve became the first Australian practicing veterinary specialist to be awarded 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. He has also established Australia’s first fully supervised ACVSMR resident programme in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Steve is a registered specialist in small animal surgery and a director of the Small Animal Specialist Hospital, in Sydney. 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