Meet our Surgery Team – Specialists



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Dr Simon Kudnig

BVSc, MVS, MS, FACVSc, Dip ACVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Dr Simon Kudnig graduated from The University of Melbourne with an honours degree in 1990, and completed a MVSc degree in 1995. After spending several years in Melbourne establishing his veterinary career, Dr Kudnig completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University (CSU) in the United States in 2003. He then completed advanced training in Surgical Oncology at CSU’s Animal Cancer Centre as the Clinical Fellow of Surgical Oncology. In 2004, Simon passed his American surgical board examinations (ACVS) and also became a fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Over the years he has published scientific and peer reviewed articles and has authored textbook chapters. He has also co-edited a textbook for veterinary surgical oncology. His primary interest is in surgical oncology, but he also has extensive experience in general surgery and orthopaedics.




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Dr Pete Laverty

BVSc, MACVSc, Dip ACVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Dr Pete Laverty graduated from The University of Melbourne with an honours degree in 1985. Since then he has achieved a formidable academic and practical record. After 10 years in general small animal practice in Melbourne, he pursued specialist surgical training in the United States. He completed a Small Animal Internship at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. During this time he worked in an advanced emergency and critical care department, gaining valuable knowledge in this field. Dr Laverty went on to complete a Small Animal Surgical Residency at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Indiana. While at Purdue, Dr Laverty became an integral part of the team at the Centre for Paralysis Research. This allowed him to pursue his interest in spinal cord injury and to develop expertise in neurosurgery. In 2002 Dr Laverty was awarded Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr Laverty has been active in undergraduate/ postgraduate training and is an active participant in further education as a key speaker at conferences and seminars. Dr Laverty has published numerous research papers, case reports and review articles. He brings an extensive range of specialist surgical experience and skills to the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre. He routinely performs orthopaedic, soft tissue and neurosurgical procedures, including: fracture repair; tibial plateau levelling osteotomy; total hip replacements; brain tumour removal; spinal cord surgery; and plastic and reconstructive surgery.




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