Meet Our New Surgical Veterinary Specialist
The Channel Highway and Hobart Animal Hospitals has attracted an experienced surgical veterinary specialist to join the veterinary and nursing teams at the Kingston and Hobart practices.
Dr Gail Anderson is Tasmania’s only veterinary surgical specialist. She gained her undergraduate vet degree from the University of Melbourne, did a surgical internship and residency in Canada and gained her specialist Diplomat status from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) by examination.
Gail has practiced both in clinical academic and private practice hospitals in North America, the UK and Australia teaching surgery in vet schools as well as working as a clinical specialist.
She gained her MSc in comparative orthopaedics investigating the healing around uncemented and cemented total hip replacements in dogs and earned a PhD in bone cell biology investigating the mechanisms of bone implant loosening.
In addition to extensive orthopaedic experience, Gail has a professional interest in complex soft tissue cases – especially tumour resections/reconstructions, head and neck surgery and thoracic surgeries.
“I enjoy repairing fractures and performing surgery to decrease the progression of arthritis in dogs with stifle (knee) injuries,” Gail said.
She adds that surgical cases involving tumour removal and tissue reconstruction are particularly satisfying as these patients are often older and have very committed owners.
“It’s very rewarding to be able to help prolong a beloved pet’s life in a more comfortable and functional way by treating their cancer. Helping to maintain this strong bond between patient and owner is a real privilege.”
Neale says having a surgical specialist at the practices means a great deal for not only for the Kingston and Hobart communities but also pet owners right across Tasmania.
Gail also consults at the Hobart Animal Hospital on Murray Street for the convenience of city-based clients.