Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until he lost the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Commenced residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane completing MANZCVS in 1998. Moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar then Head of Surgery in 2000. Travelled to the United States to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar in 2001 before returning as a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. Completed FANZCVS examinations in Small Animal Surgery and registered as a Small Animal Surgical Specialist in 2003. Appointment as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. Surgical interests include brachycephalic airway syndrome, spinal anomalies particularly of brachycephalic dogs, spinal surgery – especially IVDD in chondrodystropic dogs, reconstructive surgery as well as all aspects of soft tissue, neurological and orthopaedic surgery.
Has undertaken research projects with Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland. Has presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, published widely in Veterinary Journals as well as Textbooks. Philip was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeons 2010-2014 and an elected Director of the College 2009-2018. Philip has been an elected members of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland since 2009.
Philip is a very popular speaker in Australia, Asia and the USA and he is passionate about continuing education in particular in Asia. For the last 20 years Philip has lectured widely in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal care and welfare.
Philip has a particular interest in improving the welfare of brachycephalic dogs. He has developed a practice focussed on these dogs and spends much of his time working with the airway, spinal and gastrointestinal issues of theses breeds. Philip is regarded as Australia’s most experienced brachycephalic surgeon and has a wealth of knowledge to share.
Philip also collects Cadillac motor cars and is the President of the Cadillac La Salle Club of Queensland. He is the father of six beautiful children, two of whom are veterinarians, an owner of Pugs, Dachshunds and Burmese cats and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.