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Macgregor, QLD, 4109
Following graduation, David worked in a mixed practice in the Blue Mountains for three years. He returned to the University of Sydney in 1991 to complete a residency and a masters degree in the field of small animal surgery. Since 1993, David has worked as a member of faculty in veterinary teaching hospitals in Australia, Switzerland and the USA.
Through these positions, David has been involved in a broad spectrum of clinical surgical cases and in the provision of undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary education.
David is a fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and a registered specialist small animal surgeon. His interests include all aspects of orthopaedics, neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery.
After graduating, Sarah worked in a small animal practice in the Blue Mountains for 18 months. She returned to the University of Sydney to complete a residency in Small Animal Surgery and a Masters degree.
Following the residency, Sarah was Senior Registrar at the University of Sydney 1991 – 1995. From 1996 – 1998, Sarah was a consulting specialist to the University Veterinary Centre, Camden. Since 1994, Sarah has also run a referral service in Hobart, Tasmania every couple of months.
Sarah gained Membership in 1993 and then Fellowship of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery in 1996.
She was one of the founding directors of the Animal Referral Hospital in 1999. Her interests include all areas of small animal surgery - soft tissue, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, oncologic and reconstructive surgery.
Following graduation Sarah worked in private small animal practice in Brisbane and the UK . She then returned to the University of Queensland and undertook first an internship and then a small animal surgical residency.
After this Sarah moved to Canberra and started the first small animal referral based surgical practice in Canberra. For many years she has been the only registered Specialist Small Animal Surgeon in the ACT.
In 2002 Sarah relocated her practice to a purpose built facility in Gungahlin. As the practice grew, space became an issue, especially with the arrival of Dr Jacob Michelsen.
So, in 2014 the practice moved again to become Animal Referral Hospital Canberra based in Fyshwick. Sarah has extensive experience in orthopaedics (including fracture repair, stifle reconstruction and spinal cases) and all areas of soft tissue surgery.
When not at work Sarah is at home on the farm that she shares with husband, as well as her dog, cat, horses and cattle.
Management, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (SA).
Jacob graduated from Sydney University in 1990 and worked in mixed practice for two years before buying his own practice in South West Sydney with his wife and fellow veterinarian.
The practices grew to become a group of practices, and after 15 years they were sold when Jacob and his family moved to Denmark for two years.
A surgical residency at Charles Sturt University enticed him back to Australia in 2008. Jacob passed his Board exams in 2013 and moved to Canberra in 2014 to take up a surgical specialty position.
Jacob and family live on a few acres out of Canberra where they keep chickens, fruit trees and whippet called Sally.
Dr Larry Van Niekerk graduated from the University of Pretoria in South Africa with a BVsc in 1982. He then went on to complete an honours and masters in Surgery in 2002 qualifying him as a specialist surgeon in South Africa.
Larry has spent most of his working career in private practice and as a specialist surgeon in South Africa before moving to Australia in 2014.
He is the founder of the Institute for Veterinary Practice Development , an organisation that helps private practitioners understand the business of veterinary science and helps develop non-professional staff.
He ran an organisation called Animal aid Africa, which focussed on sharing knowledge and skills transfer to veterinarians in Southern African countries. Larry has spent the last year working at Greencross South Tamworth as Vet director and small animal surgeon.
He looks forward to joining ARH in June 2016 in our Gosford centre and gaining registration as a specialist in NSW.
Larry’s happy space is being in theatre doing orthopaedics. He enjoys long beach walks with his partner Joanne and they have 4 children between them.
Arana graduated from the University of Sydney in 2004. Following graduation she practiced in small animal practice on the central coast of New South Wales before moving to the UK in 2007 to work in small animal practice.
In 2009 Arana returned to Australia to join the team at Australia Zoo's wildlife hospital in Queensland. It was here, working on injured Koalas, that her journey to surgical specialisation began.
In 2010 Arana completed a one year mixed internship at North Shore Veterinary Specialist centre before commencing work with the surgical team at Animal Referral Hospital, Homebush. In 2011 Arana successfully completed her membership examinations in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS).
She has now completed her three year residency training program in small animal surgery at the ARH under the guidance of Dr David Simpson and Dr Sarah Goldsmid. After spending time working with specialist surgeons in the United states and Europe and she is currently working towards sitting her Fellowship examinations with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS).
Arana enjoys time in the outdoors bush walking, swimming, gardening and perhaps most of all, a good game of Frisbee with her terrier ‘Link’ and his cheeky younger canine companion “Louis”.
Lance graduated from the University of Queensland in 2000 and after eight years in general practice, including the obligatory UK locum circuit, commenced at UQ as a staff surgeon. He began a residency training programme in 2010 and in 2015 attained fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand college of veterinary surgeons in small animal surgery. Lance was head of small animal surgery at UQ until leaving in January 2017 to help create ARH Brisbane as a founding partner.
Lance remains excited about all aspects of surgery, however has special interests in minimally invasive surgery, neurosurgery, complex fracture repair and limb deformity correction.
Lance is kept busy and grounded by his beautiful wife, two gorgeous children and a "pure-bred mongrel" Pointer-cross. In his little spare time, Lance enjoys the outdoors, spending time with his family and hobbling around the football field.
Kyle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 and worked in a busy small animal practice in the lower Blue Mountains region for 2.5 years. Kyle always had keen interest in small animal surgery and during his time working as a general practitioner, he had realised his desire to pursue further training in this field.
Kyle took up the incredible opportunity offered by ARH to be a surgical intern and completed a one-year internship at ARH in May 2016. Following his internship, Kyle continued to work alongside the specialists as a small animal surgery registrar before commencing his small animal surgery residency at ARH in 2017.
Kyle enjoys all aspects of surgery and is currently working towards his goal of becoming a small animal specialist surgeon.
A graduate from the University of Sydney Bruce has a surgical career spanning more than 23 years. He completed intern and residency training at Murdoch and Louisiana State Universities, a Master of Science research degree (biomechanics) and achieved specialist certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
From 1997 to 2012 he has been engaged in private practice referral surgery on the Eastern Seaboard. In 2012 he assisted in establishing the Veterinary Medical Centre at the University of Queensland’s new Gatton Veterinary Campus. Throughout his career he has been active in the career development of future surgeons and is currently serving on the Council of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.
Bruce joined the team at Animal Referral Hospital – Canberra in August 2015 and has a particular interest in orthopaedic surgery.