Surgery Staff

Professor Kenneth A Johnson - Associate Dean, Veterinary Clinical Services

Professor Kenneth A Johnson

MVSc PhD FACVSc Diplomate ACVS and ECVS
Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
Director of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Johnson recently returned to The University of Sydney as a Clinical Professor, Director of Orthopaedics and Chief of Surgery. He has specialist qualifications in surgery as a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Surgery, as well as being a Fellow of Australian College of Veterinary Scientists.

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Associate Professor Max Zuber - Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery

Associate Professor Max Zuber


Max graduated from Sydney University in 1969 and qualified as specialist animal surgeon, and a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1985. Max has a part-time appointment at the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Sydney as Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery with responsibility for teaching surgery to final year students and developing computer based learning programmes for medical and surgical teaching. Max, has a particular interest in orthopaedics, oncology and nuclear medicine and is a partner at the Gladesville Veterinary Hospital in suburban Sydney.

Dr Katja Voss - Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Katja Voss

Head of Surgery
Dr med vet Diplomate ECVS
Small Animal Surgery Specialist

Katja graduated 1994 in Switzerland at the University of Zurich. After obtaining her doctoral thesis, she gained experience in general practice for 4 years. She then went back to the University of Zurich to complete an internship and a surgical residency. In 2004, she obtained the ECVS Diploma (European Small Animal Surgery Specialist). The following years Katja occupied a leading position in the Small Animal Surgery team of the University of Zurich as Assistant Professor, until she started working at the UVTHS in 2009. Katja’s research activities focus on orthopaedic surgery topics, in particular trauma and stifle surgery, and gait analysis. Katja loves surgery in cats and is co-editor and author of a book on feline orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal disease. She is regularly invited to speak at international courses and meetings.

Dr Chris Tan - Senior Registrar in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Chris Tan


Chris graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary) in 1999 and Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2000. Chris comes with six years experience in general practice as an Associate and Senior Veterinarian. He has worked extensively throughout Sydney and England Veterinary clinics and hospitals, and in 2007 he was admitted as a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Small Animal Surgery.
Amongst his other interests and duties at UVTHS, Chris hopes to deliver an improved understanding of the needs of a general practitioner to our referral service.

Dr Alastair Franklin – Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Alastair Franklin


Alastair graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, preceded by an intercalated degree in Biological Anthropology. He spent 5 years working in London, initially for a private small animal practice then a large charity hospital, before relocating to Sydney. In 2007 he attained both the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and Membership of the Surgical Chapter of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination, following which he completed an internship and subsequent surgical residency at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, Sydney. Alastair gained Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2012, and Specialist status in 2013. Alastair has particular clinical and research interests in oncological surgery, joint surgery and trauma management.

Dr Laurencie Brunel - Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

DVM MVSc Diplomate ECVS

Laurencie graduated from the University of Nantes, France in 2006. She then completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the University of Maison-Alfort in Paris, followed by a surgical internship at the University of Lyon. In 2008, she moved to Belgium where she completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Liège.
In 2010, she obtained a Master Degree in Veterinary Sciences. After her residency, she worked as a Junior Lecturer in the Small Animal Surgery Department at the University of Liège.
In February 2013, she obtained the ECVS Diploma (European Small Animal Surgery Specialist). She then moved back to France and spent a few months working in Marseille as a Small Animal Surgery Specialist.
Her special interests include neurosurgery, endoscopic surgery and minimal invasive fracture repair.

Dr Mark Newman - Registrar in Small Animal Surgery

Dr Mark Newman


Mark graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 2006, and then completed an internship in Small Animal Surgery at University College Dublin in Ireland. Following this he spent three years in general practice in New Zealand and Australia, most recently as a senior associate at a busy urban hospital in Adelaide. Mark was admitted as a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery in July 2011, and is also completing a Masters in Veterinary Studies through Murdoch University.
Mark’s special interests include internal fracture fixation and biomechanics, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and surgical neurology.

Dr Christina Zhu - Resident in Small Animal Surgery

Christina Zhu

BVSc(Merit) MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery) GradDipVetStud (Small Animal ClinStud)

Christina graduated in 2008 from the University of Sydney and after hiking around Tasmania, took on a role in private practice for 18months. She couldn’t get enough of the UVTHS and came back to join the team to undertake a post-graduate rotating internship. She lives with her two furry children Sherlock and Calippo both of whom love ear tickles and stretching out alongside the heater listening to the works of classic Romantic and Jazz musicians.
She successfully completed the Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Studies in 2012.
Christina enjoys all aspects of her job as a veterinarian with a special interest in small animal surgery. She intends on furthering her education in this field to reach membership level.

Dr Jack Neville-Towle - Resident in Small Animal Surgery

BVSc(Hons I)