Steve graduated from the University of Melbourne Veterinary School in 1985. His first year out of vet school was spent in a mixed practice in Casterton in the Western District of Victoria, and this was followed by a year in Deniliquin, in the Riverina. From there he moved to Murwillumbah on the far north NSW Coast, initially to locum for a few months, but ended up staying 10 years!
During his years in Murwillumbah, Steve worked initially as a mixed practice vet, but became increasingly small animal oriented with a strong interest in surgery, and emergency medicine.
Towards the end of his stay in Murwillumbah, Steve started studying for his membership examination of the Australian College of Veterinary Surgeons, initially under the tutelage of Dr Geoff Robbins. He attained his membership in 1999, 6 months after moving back to Melbourne.
Since moving to Melbourne in late 1998, Steve has worked solely in small animal practice, first doing locums then settling at Eltham. For the last 16 years he has been at Eltham Veterinary Practice (Clinic), having succeeded Dr Daryl Hoffmann.
His professional qualifications and post-graduate training include:
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science Univ Melb 1985
- Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery 1999: (Surgery).
He speaks to classes at several local schools as part of the AVA Petpep childrens education program on pets in society. He has hosted local client nights on Animal Behaviour issues and Senior Pet Preventative Health with Dr Robert Holmes as guest speaker. He is a member of the AVA, the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association, the AVPMA, the AVBA, of which he is a board member , Vetcentric (also an advisory board member), the Victorian branch of the AVA, and Melbourne Metropolitan Practitioners Branch of the AVA.
His aim at Eltham Veterinary Practice is to provide high quality compassionate care for family pets, as well as the most up to date and optimal choices for their health. He consults closely with specialists in all aspects of veterinary medicine and surgery. Steve has a particular interest in surgery, including TTO surgery for cruciate ligament rupture in larger dogs, cancer care, eye and skin diseases, and he specialises in British Bulldogs as he owns 2.
Steve, his wife Clare, and 2 sons have Bulldogs Martha and Mack, and a cat Reg. In his spare time you might find Steve out on the golf course, watching his sons’ numerous sporting events, out for dinner, or at the footy watching the Bombers.