About our small animal surgery service

The small animal surgery referral service offers specialty services in both soft tissue and oncologic surgery,  and orthopaedic and neurosurgery.

O ur Soft Tissue and Oncologic Referral Service, led by Professor Giselle Hosgood, regularly perform a wide variety of surgeries including:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Laparoscopy (key-hole surgery of the abdomen)
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Thoracoscopy
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Upper Airway surgery
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Urogenital
  • Complex wound management and reconstruction
  • Complex oncologic surgery (tumour resection)

Our orthopaedic and neurology referral service, led by Associate Professor Mark Glyde, deal with a wide variety of cases including:

  • Lameness diagnosis and treatment
  • Arthroscopy (key-hole joint surgery)
  • Patella luxation surgery
  • TPLO cruciate surgery
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Fracture treatment
  • Minimally invasive fracture repair
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Spinal surgery
  • Spinal decompression and stabilisation
  • Arthrodesis
  • PennHip radiographs
  • Canine sports injury treatment

Our full range of facilities and state of the art surgical equipment, coupled with integrated support from specialist level care in anaesthesia, 24h intensive care, internal medicine, advanced diagnostic imaging and excellent nursing standards enable us to manage the most complex surgical challenges and ensure that our patients receive a very high standard of care across all aspects of surgical management.

A referral from your regular veterinarian is necessary to make an appointment with this service. We are happy to provide advice, consult on any case and can offer surgery for our referring veterinarian’s clients regardless of how simple or complicated the case may be. We guarantee to work closely with your regular veterinarian in optimizing the postoperative management so that the best and most convenient care is offered to your pet during the recovery period.

Our team


Professor Hosgood is a Small Animal Surgery Specialist certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. She undertook advanced training and post-graduate studies in Australia and the US, remaining in the US to teach and practice specialist surgery at two veterinary schools for 24 years before re-joining Murdoch in 2009 to head the Small Animal Surgery Section. Her primary area of clinical and research interest in soft tissue and oncologic surgery, with additional experience in clinical research study design and analysis. Professor Hosgood has contributed significantly to the veterinary literature with over 260 articles published on surgical techniques, and clinical research.


Mark is Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery and leads Murdoch’s Orthopaedic referral service. He is an Australian, European and RCVS registered Small Animal Surgery Specialist certified by the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Mark has a master’s degree in Veterinary Surgery, is a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and has a Higher Diploma in Education. He undertook advanced surgical training in Australia, UK and Ireland before joining Murdoch in 2006. He is an internationally recognized and awarded teacher and chairs the AOVET Education Commission. He teaches internationally in orthopaedics and arthroscopy.

Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery

Jorge graduated from the University Alfonso X El Sabio, Spain, in 2011. After that, he completed a one-year rotating internship in October 2012, followed by a combined three-year Master in Small Animal Surgery and a PhD in Veterinary Sciences at the same institution. In August 2017, Jorge joined the UCD Veterinary Hospital in Dublin as a rotating intern for one year and as a surgical intern for the next six months. Following the internships, he enrolled in a combined four-year Doctorate of Veterinary Medical Specialisation (DVMS) and small animal surgery residency at University College Dublin, which he completed in January 2023.

He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (DECVS) in February 2023. Jorge´s main interests include surgical site infection and joint surgery. He also has published few papers in international prestigious journals and has a special interest in undergraduate and postgraduate surgery teaching.

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Ally is a surgical resident in Small Animal Surgery at The Animal Hospital Murdoch University. After graduating from Murdoch University in 2016, Ally commenced work in general practice for three years in the beautiful South West Region of Western Australia. Following this, she completed a surgical internship in 2020 at CARE Melbourne. Upon completion, Ally returned to Perth in 2021 to begin a surgical traineeship at TAHMU, completing a graduate diploma in higher education during the traineeship. She then began a three year surgical residency at TAHMU in 2022, completing a Masters in Veterinary Clinical Studies in 2023. Ally enjoys being a part of a team that are dedicated to helping animals and owners daily.

Resident in Small Animal Surgery 

Tesheena graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2018. She completed a one-year rotating internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists, then a two-year surgical internship at The Animal Hospital. Tesheena is currently in her final year of her Small Animal Surgery Residency at The Animal Hospital. Since being at Murdoch University, she has completed a Graduate Diploma in Education and an Accelerated Research Masters with Training, a Clinical Master’s in Veterinary Science, and a Masters by Research. Tesheena's research areas are canine gastrointestinal physiology, and urinary management in dogs with spinal disease. Tesheena has two young golden retrievers, so her time outside of work is usually spent repairing her garden

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Milly is originally from WA and completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2018 at Murdoch University. She then worked in a variety of different veterinary jobs including voluntary work overseas, mixed practice and emergency medicine in Tasmania and general practice in Queensland. She moved back to Perth in 2022 where she completed a 12 month surgical internship at Western Australian Veterinary Emergency and Specialty (WAVES). She then completed a 12 month surgical traineeship at Murdoch University in 2023, and is currently in her first year of 3 year surgical residency program. She enjoys a variety of surgical cases and is currently completing a masters in veterinary clinical studies.

Resident in Small Animal Surgery

After completing his veterinary science degree at Massey University in 2018, Sean then completed rotating and surgical internships at a large referral hospital in Queensland. Sean is currently a second year resident in small animal surgery. During his time at Murdoch he has completed a research masters investigating portal vein pressure changes during liver and splenic resections and is concurrently completing a clinical masters degree. He enjoys the varied surgical case load on offer at The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University.

The small animal surgery team has a dedicated group of registered veterinary nurses and support staff that are an integral part of the hospital and teaching facility. Our nurses exhibit an expert level of care to their patients and provide support to the veterinary team.