Associate Professor Stewart Ryan
BVSc(Hons), MS, Diplomate ACVS and ECVS, Founding Fellow ACVS (Surgical Oncology)

Head of Small Animal Surgery, Registered Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

After graduation from the University of Melbourne (1989), Stewart’s career initially took him to a 2-year stint in mixed dairy practice in Kyabram, Victoria and then small animal locum positions in Melbourne.  After a three-month trip travelling the world, he moved with his wife to Hong Kong for a 2-year contract position with a small animal clinic that stretched into 10 years in Hong Kong.  During these years, Stewart focused on surgery and passed his ANZCVSC Membership exams in surgery in 1995  In 2003 he was accepted as a matched resident at Colorado State University and completed a 3-year residency training program and become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007.  This was followed by a Research and Clinical Surgery Oncology Fellowship at the CSU Animal Cancer Center, combining research, teaching and clinical responsibilities before returning to Australia to join the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science (FVAS) at the University of Melbourne in 2012.

Stewart leads a team of surgeons and residents training to become specialists to provide soft tissue, orthopedic, oncology, neurology and surgeries as part of the multidisciplinary One Hospital approach to animal care at the UVet Hospital. Stewart has led the development and expansion of the minimally invasive ‘keyhole’ surgery and interventional radiology disciplines at the UVet Hospital which provides faster recovery times for pets compared to open surgery.

He enjoys teaching the next generation of veterinarians and seeing the various ‘light bulb’ moments as students experience the transformation of their theoretical knowledge into practical hands on experience.

His primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of surgery, orthopaedic implants, the interaction of bone and radiation therapy and translational research that benefits both animals and humans in the fields of surgical and musculoskeletal oncology.

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