Our Doctors

Our team of qualified, caring and dedicated Veterinarians

These are the people that start your journey at Southern Cross Vet. They all believe that using their smarts alongside their hearts is important as we know how stressful and scary a visit to a vet may be. Each of our Doctors have a special interest, so reception will endeavour to book you in with the most appropriate Doctor for the species or condition you are visiting us for. Remember that you can always request the same Doctor as they become partners in your pet’s care.

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Dr Sam Kovac

BVSc (Merit), 
Chartered member of the Australian Veterinary Assoc.
Member, Royal College of Vet Surgeons, UK, MSGFC

Dr Sam followed his dream of becoming a veterinary surgeon that began at age three. Since that time, he has developed a strong interest in oncology, internal medicine and animal behaviour. Now a Chartered Member of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Sam continues his passion of providing the most up-to-date care to his patients and their two-legged family.

Sam founded Southern Cross Vet in the heart of St Peters, bordering on Alexandria to the west, Marrickville to the east and Newtown to the north, to offer pet parents  a new level of service but with reasonable fees.

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Dr Benjamin McRae

BSc BVMS

 

Born in New Zealand but growing up in Perth WA, Dr. Ben graduated from Murdoch University in 2013. Since graduation he has worked in Adelaide, rural Victoria, Tasmania, Perth and finally Sydney, splitting his time between general practice and emergency work.

His main areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery and is passionate about furthering Dr. Sam’s work in making minimally invasive procedures more available to his patients.

In his spare time, Dr. Ben enjoys cycling, reading, and drinking wine. He has 2 pets, a moderately overweight cat named Couscous and an Alexandrian parrot called Geoffrey.

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Dr Jordan Dasilva

DVM

Dr. Jordan hails from across the ocean from the winter lands of Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Sydney in 2019 and has joined the team at Southern Cross Vets since. Dr. Jordan shares his enthusiasm and love for all animals, especially those with feathers and scales.

Although early in his journey, Dr. Jordan has a unique interest in exotic animal medicine as well as species conservation and has spent time with the amazing teams at Melbourne Zoo and the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. A great addition to the team, he is qualified in rabbit dentistry and ready to provide the absolute best care for your fur babies.

When he’s not working, Dr. Jordan enjoys living his best Aussie life with his friends and of course the beach.

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Dr Stephen Walsh

MVB

Stephen is our Irish Vet. He hails from Cork City and he graduated from University College Dublin in 2013.

Stephen has worked in the UK, Ireland and most recently Queenstown, New Zealand, before making the big move to Sydney!

Steve has 3 pets at home in Ireland; a 14 year old Jack Russell called Jill, a mean rescue cat called Mildred and a timid cat called Boz.

His main area of interest is small animal medicine. He  is hoping to pursue a qualification in Acupuncture in the coming year and make this available for the pets of the inner city.

Stephen enjoys music, keeping fit and is looking forward to seeing what Sydney has to offer.

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Dr Neil Hannan

BVSc, PhD, MANZCVSc (Small Animal Surgery)

Dr Hannan completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney and then obtained a PhD in canine knee surgery.

He currently lectures undergraduate students at the University of Sydney. Dr Hannan performs complex orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery at the clinic and is well known in the veterinary community for his surgical excellence.

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Dr India Irvine

BVSc

India’s love of animals started at an early age growing up on a sheep property in rural NSW. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and went to regional Victoria to work in mixed practice for a few years. India then decided to come back to Sydney to further develop her skills and knowledge in small animal medicine and surgery. Her main interests are in small animal surgery and behaviour medicine. India has two border collies Lucy and Pluto, and a rescue cat Larry. She enjoys spending time outside of work with her family and friends drinking wine and enjoying all the good food Sydney has to offer.

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Dr Lucy Bowden

BVM&S, MRCVS

Lucy has recently joined us from Perth, WA but is originally from England. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2019. Although, like Jordan, she is relatively new to the game she has already developed a keen interest in diagnostic imaging. She is looking forward to learning more from all of our associated specialists here at Southern Cross. She loves all things smallies but has a particular soft spot for labradors having left a boisterous 4 year old behind with her family in England. When not practicing Lucy is keen to embrace the Australian lifestyle and can be seen at the weekend learning to surf at Bondi or playing netball!

We team up with some of the finest specialists

Dr Graeme Allen

MVSc, FACVSc,
Diplomate American College Veterinary Radiologists

Dr Graeme Allen brings a wealth of diagnostic imaging experience to our clinic. He reads and reports CT images and x-rays as well as undertaking interventional procedures such as ultrasound guided biopsies of suspicious looking masses.

He became one of the first qualified specialists in Australia and for the past 10 years has also acted as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. He conducts undergraduate lectures in radiology and many postgraduate courses.

Dr Andrew Levien

BVSc (hons), PgCertVS, MANZCVS, DACVS-SA, DECVS

Dr Levien is double board certified by the American College of Vet Surgeons and the European College of Vet Surgeons which means he can practice high-level surgery in all of Europe, the USA and Australia.

He is highly specialised, but has a warm approach to difficult cases.  He is one of the only specialist surgeons in Sydney to perform Total Hip Replacements, arthroscopy and Spinal Surgery so is a perfect fit for Southern Cross Vet as we approach the pinnacle of veterinary medicine and surgery.

If your pet requires serious orthopaedic surgery, we will call on Dr Levien!

We team up with the finest international specialists

Dr. Tony Pease

DVM, MS, DACVR

Dr Pease is a USA board certified specialist in veterinary radiology and a champion of veterinary education for over 15 years.

Tony Pease graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has also completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Marion DuPont Equine Medical Center in Virginia. Further to this, Dr Pease has completed a Small Animal Internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida.  Tony has also completed a residency in Diagnostic Imaging at Cornell University.

Tony is currently the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Western Veterinary Conference, one of the USAs largest Continuing Education events for vets. He was previously president of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists, the organisation that registers specialist vet radiologists to practice. Dr Pease has lectured internationally on diagnostic imaging with a focus on radiography and ultrasound.  In his spare time, Tony enjoys Ice Hockey and competing in triathlons.