NSVSC is at the forefront of surgical technology. Our surgical team offers experienced, specialised surgical care, employing state-of-the-art surgical equipment to provide the best available care for your pet. Our surgical team have years of experience in the the treatment of various soft tissue, orthopaedic, cardiothoracic, and neurological conditions. We can provide the latest in endoscopic surgery for the treatment of orthopaedic, abdominal and thoracic conditions. This allows for a quicker recovery time for your pet so that they can get back to normal without delay. Our surgeons provide the latest in cruciate repair techniques, such as TTA and TPLO. Surgical oncology is an important component of the surgical case load, together with correction of congenital abnormalities such as porto-systemic shunts, patent ductus arteriosus, and ectopic ureters.

Dr. John Culvenor BVSc (Hons) MVSt FANZCVS

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

John graduated from the University of Sydney 1974 with BVSc (Hons). After a short period in private practice in Sydney he completed an internship in the US and began work at North Shore Veterinary Hospital on his return in 1977, becoming a partner shortly afterwards.

John completed a Masters in Veterinary Science in 1992. This was followed by extensive post-graduate training and study at both the University of Sydney and University of Florida to prepare for Fellowship examinations. Fellowship and Specialty in Small Animal Surgery was achieved in 1998.

John’s professional interests include all aspects of surgery, especially oncology and reconstructive procedures. He has developed a program for minimally invasive surgery using laparoscopy and interventional radiology to minimize pain and speed recovery in patients. John has performed a number of innovative and ground-breaking surgeries, some of which have been undertaken in conjunction with specialists from leading “people” hospitals.

John is involved in several mentoring programs for veterinarians and surgeons-in-training, and is a sought-after speaker for veterinary conferences. He is past president of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, and spent eight years on the board of the Veterinary Science Foundation at the University of Sydney, Surgical Chapter.

Away from work John enjoys travel, spending time with family- especially playing with his grandchildren, sports cars, and spending time at the beach. John’s pets are Taffy, the boisterous Welsh Springer Spaniel who loves running on the beach and chasing the ball into the surf, and Tammy the smoochy Burmese cat.

Dr. Craig Bailey BVSc (Hons) MVetClinStud FACVS PhD

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Craig graduated from the University of Sydney in 1994 and was awarded first class honours and the University Medal. He completed a PhD focusing on veterinary epidemiology in 1998 then worked in small animal private practice in the United Kingdom and Australia over the following three years.

Craig undertook a surgery internship at the Northern Sydney Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2001 prior to commencing specialist training in small animal surgery at the University of Sydney in 2002. Craig was Senior Surgery Registrar at the University of Sydney prior to joining North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre in 2005. In 2006 he also trained at the University of Florida.

Craig achieved his Fellowships in 2007, becoming a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery. He has been head examiner for Memberships of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and has presented at postgraduate surgery courses. His fields of interest include soft tissue surgery, orthopaedics, and spinal surgery.

Dr. Alastair Franklin MA (Cantab) VetMB CertSAS FANZCVS MRCVS

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Alastair graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2001 and spent 5 years working in London, initially in first opinion private practice and subsequently for the RSPCA. He then relocated to Sydney in search of better weather.

Alastair completed a surgical internship and residency at the Veterinary Specialist Centre, Sydney. As part of the residency training, he spent periods of time studying overseas, including at the Universities of Florida and Cambridge. Alastair achieved Fellowship by examination in 2012, becoming a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery.


Since his residency, he has worked in referral clinics, both in NSW and interstate, including periods locuming at North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre. Alastair has spent the past few years working at the University of Sydney, instructing the next generation of veterinarians and surgical residents. He enjoys all aspects of feline and canine surgery, but has particular clinical interests in oncological, neurological and joint surgery.

Dr. Alen Lai BVSc(Hons I) MANZCVS GradCertVetStud

Registrar in Small Animal Surgery

Alen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2008 with first class honours. After graduation he worked in general practice for four years before joining the University of Sydney Veterinary Teaching Hospital to complete a rotating internship. He has a special interest in small animal surgery and has since moved to North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre to work under the supervision of Dr John Culvenor and Dr Craig Bailey.

Alen achieved Membership of the Australian Collage of Veterinary Scientist in Small animal Surgery by examination in 2013, and achieved the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies in the same year.

Alen has moved to Sydney with his wife who works in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as a midwife, and their cat ‘Poppy’ who meows and begs for food all day long. In his spare time he enjoys cycling and checking out restaurants for good food.