Our Specialist(s):
Dr Charles Kuntz
Dr James Simcock
Dr Linda Abraham

Diplomate ACVIM:
Dr Anne-Claire Duchaussoy

Our Non-Specialist Vets:
Dr Alex Santamaria

Our Rotating Internship Vets:
Dr Charlotte Davis
Dr Kath Duncan
Dr Raboola Tarzi
Dr Abigail Brough
Dr Brook Soloma
Dr Stephanie Colthurst

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Best Veterinary Nursing Employer of Choice, Southpaws, Melbourne, Australia
Best Specialist Veterinary Hospital For Dogs and Cats
Best Specialist Veterinary Surgery for Dogs and Cats Melbourne

At Southpaws specialist veterinary surgery, our team is at the core of the loving support and care that we provide to your family pets. We are immensely proud of our hard-working team, some of the industry's best veterinary nurses backed by dedicated support staff, protecting the well-being and health of our patients around the clock.

We love your pets just as much as you do and in partnership with our referring veterinarians we work tirelessly for the best outcomes for your family members. Our staff are highly trained and we pride ourselves on our continuing education and on-the-job training. Southpaws is an employer of choice in the Australian veterinary industry.

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Australia's Best Veterinary Surgery, Victoria, Melbourne
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Our Specialist Vets

Dr. Charles Kuntz Best Specialist Veterinary Surgeon, Melbourne, AustraliaSurgery: Dr. Charles Kuntz
DVM, MS, MACVSc, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Registered Specialist of Small Animal Surgery, Fellow of Surgical Oncology.

Southpaws founder and director, Dr. Charles Kuntz, graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. He did an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and completed a residency and Master's degree in surgery at Virginia Tech in 1994. He achieved specialty board certification in surgery in 1996 on his first attempt. Charles then did a one year fellowship in cardiovascular research and surgery. He completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at Colorado State University and was then a professor of Orthopedic Surgery there before moving to Northern Virginia where he started one of the busiest surgical referral practices in the Washington DC area. He was the program chair and a member of the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Charles moved to Australia in 2004 and is the director and owner of Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals in Melbourne. He is an internship director, surgical residency advisor and program director for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Charles has published many scientific articles, abstracts, proceedings and book chapters on topics of surgical oncology. He was the chairperson of the oncology section of the National Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is the editor of the oncology section of the current edition of Slatter's Textbook of Small Animal Surgery. He was the surgical expert on panel discussions of feline vaccine associated soft tissue sarcomas at meetings of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He was asked to write a chapter for a human surgical oncology textbook on bone cancer because of his reputation and expertise in cancer surgery. At Southpaws Charles started Australia's first deep radiation therapy unit for animals, one of only two in Australia today.

He has personally performed and interpreted over 5,000 CT scans on small animals. He has five United States patents for devices used in the treatment of diseases in animals. He has personally operated on over 5,000 patients with cancer with local control rates of over 95%. Charles was voted Australia's Most Supportive Vet of the Year in 2011 by the Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA). He has been seen on "Talk to the Animals", "Animal ER", "A Current Affair", "National Nine News", "The Today Show", “The Nine AM Show” as well as numerous appearances on and in national radio, newspapers and magazines. He receives referrals from all over Australia as well as consultations by phone and email world-wide.

Charles received the honour of being accepted as a Founding Fellow in Surgical Oncology by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons for his “Exemplary training, experience and practice in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cancer patients and his devotion to cancer research.” He is one of the first people world-wide to receive this honour.

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Dr. James Simcock Best Specialist Surgeon for Dogs and Cats, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaSurgery: Dr. James Simcock BVSc (hons), MANZCVS (Internal Medicine), Registered Specialist of Small Animal Surgery, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

James graduated from the University of Melbourne with honors in 2005. Following graduation he worked for 12 months in a busy small animal general practice. He then completed two, twelve month internships in both Small Animal Oncology and Small Animal Surgery along with a 3 year American College of Veterinary Surgeons residency program under the direction of Dr. Charles Kuntz. In 2010 James achieved membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Internal Medicine Chapter.

In 2013 he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons by passing the certification examinations on his first attempt. This makes James one of the first fully Australian trained small animal surgeons to pass this examination. In 2015 James became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. James is registered as a specialist in small animal surgery in Victoria. He is an internship director and surgical residency advisor for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

James has published on gastrointestinal and urogenital surgery and oncology and has presented a number of times at the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, Science Week. He is actively involved in teaching students and veterinarians and is an instructor and lecturer for a veterinary of post graduate education courses in surgery.

James has recently become further involved with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and is an examiner for the Fellowship examinations in Small Animal Surgery. Passing the College Fellowship exam is part of the requirements for registration as a Veterinary Specialist in Australia.

James is particularly interested in orthopaedic and neurologic surgery and is a co-director and owner of Southpaws alongside Dr. Charles Kuntz.

Dr. James Simcock Best Specialist Surgeon for Dogs and Cats, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaInternal Medicine (Canine): Dr. Linda Abraham BSc (hons), BVetMed, PhD, MANZCVS (Small Animal Medicine), FANZCVS (Canine Medicine), Registered Specialist Canine Medicine.

Linda graduated from the Royal Veterinary College London with BVetMed in 1994 and a BSc (with first class Honours) from the University of London in 1991. After a short period in general practice, Linda returned to the University of London to undertake a PhD in bone biology. She moved to Melbourne to complete the research and was awarded her PhD in 1998. Linda loved Melbourne so much she continued her clinical training here with a residency at the University of Melbourne. After completing her residency she became a Registrar and then joined the University of Melbourne faculty teaching and examining under graduate veterinary students in small animal medicine whilst treating patients through the University practice. Linda became a member of the ANZCVS in 2000 and a Fellow in Canine Medicine in 2006 and is a registered specialist in canine medicine in Victoria. Linda has examined for the ANZCVS for both membership and fellowship examinations and joined the Board of Examiners in 2016. Most recently Linda was Veterinary Medicine Specialist at Animal Accident and Emergency Point Cook since 2013. Linda joins Southpaws in November 2016 to extend our internal medicine capability to a full five days per week. She will be available from Moorabbin on Wednesdays and Fridays and from Camberwell on Thursdays - just call (03) 9553 1775 for an appointment.

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Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)

The Best Veterinarians for Dogs and CatsInternal Medicine Veterinarian
Dr. Anne-Claire Duchaussoy

DVM, CEAV Med Int, Diplomate of the ACVIM

Dr Anne-Claire Duchaussoy has joined the Southpaws team to head up our newly relaunched Internal Medicine Service. Anne-Claire is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). Anne-Claire came to Australia in 2011 from Paris, France, where she had completed her internship with Honours in 2008 followed by 3 years experience as a Referring Veterinarian at a busy veterinary hospital at I'Isle Adam-Paris. From there Anne-Claire sought opportunities in Australia and completed her Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Melbourne from 2012 to 2015. Anne-Claire has developed particular interests in the gastro-intestinal system, fungal diseases, cardiology and diagnostic imaging including echocardiography and ultrasound. To top off her busy lifestyle, she is currently a PhD student focussing on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and diagnostic methods such as Confocal Endomicroscopy.

Anne-Claire will provide a five day per week service supported by our experienced nursing team and our team of veterinarian interns. Anne-Claire is available Monday - Thursday for case discussion and support (just call our main reception on (03) 9553 1775 and will consult from our Moorabbin hospital on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. Anne-Claire relocated to Australia with her husband Matthias and they have a one year old son, Seth. Their menagerie at home includes two cats Atropine and Api, and their dog Electre and they have been joined by their galah Bernard.

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Our Non-Specialist Vets

Dr. Alex Santamaria at Southpaws Specialist Veterinary Hospital Melbourne, AustraliaSurgical Registrar
Dr. Alessandra Santamaria


Alex graduated with a Science degree (Major in Zoology) from The University of Melbourne in 2009. While studying science she was employed as a veterinary nurse. She then went on to graduate on the Deans Honour List from The University of Melbourne with a Veterinary Degree in 2010. Alex started working in a mixed animal practice just out of Melbourne for the first 8 months of her career and then moved to a small animal practice in the Northern suburbs.
Alex started working at Southpaws in early 2012 and completed a year long internship in Small Animal Surgery and Oncology. Alex has just recently completed and passed her Australian and New Zealand college membership exams. Alex enjoys both orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery however has a special interest in oncology surgery and particular reconstruction post large tumour removal. Alex successfully completed her 3 year residency in small animal surgery at Southpaws in October 2016 and is a senior and valued member of the Southpaws surgical team.

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Our Rotating Intern Veterinarian

Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Kathryn Duncan
DVM (Melbourne)

Kath graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2015, where she was a Dean's Honours Award winner in three of her study years. Kath did a 2 week placement in 2015 with Southpaws and that helped to cement her interest in surgery. Kath is a keen netballer and enjoys keeping fit. She loves spending time with her dog Dexter and cat Mim. Kath's career goal is to pursue a surgical residency. Kath is a great addition to the hard working Southpaws team.

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Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Raboola Tarzi
B.Sc (Guelph), DVM (Melbourne)

Rab was born and raised in Markham Ontario, Canada. He did a 4 years of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Animal Biology at Guelph University before entering the 2012 Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine program at the University of Melbourne. In his spare time Rab likes to play drums and guitar and his interests in veterinary medicine include surgery (soft tissue and cardio-thoracic), internal medicine and anesthesiology. He hopes to pursue a career as a specialist surgeon.

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Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Abigail Brough
B.Sc, BVSc (Adelaide)

Abi graduated from the University of Adelaide vet program at the end of 2014 and has spent the last 12 months as an intern and emergency clinician at Queensland Veterinary Specialists in Brisbane. Abi has a particular interest in surgery and wants to continue to develop her skills in this area through the Southpaws internship. In her spare time Abi enjoys horse riding, running and cooking, but not at ther same time.

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Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Yu Ting Brook Soloma
BVSc (Melbourne), DE Cert (Small Animal Surgery), DE Cert (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Brook graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012. She worked full-time as Superintendent and Senior Veterinarian for the RSPCA NSW for 3 years. During this period, Brook gained skills as a general practitioner in many varieties of surgeries and medicine. She became well known for her compassion, dedication, gentleness and professionalism. In late 2015, Brook also visited the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Adelaide as an Emergency clinician. Brook has successfully completed post graduate certifications in small animal surgery and small animal internal medicine and has been actively involved in the supervision and guidance of veterinary students in training. In her spare time, Brook likes to connect with her artistic side through jazz, piano, watercolour painting, film appreciation, and gardening. Her career goals are to obtain membership in small animal medicine and to pursue surgical residency. Brook is pictured here with her much loved fur kids - Kado and Quasar, the Wire-haired Fox Terriers.

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Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Stephanie Colthurst
BVSc. (James Cook)

Stephanie was born in Australia but spent her early childhood in the USA and Japan (where she became fluent in Japanese) before returning to Australia. She graduated from James Cook University in 2014 and completed an internship at Veterinary Specialist Services in Queensland in 2015. During 2015 she did a one week exchange with a veterinary practice in Singapore and also received a Young Speaker's award at the ANZCVS 'Science Week'. Stephanie joined the Southpaws internship program in February 2016. Her particular interests are small animal oncology and internal medicine, anaesthesia and critical care.

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Intern Veterinarian At Southpaws Specialty Surgery for AnimalsDr. Charlotte Davis
BVSc. MSc (University of Liverpool)

Charlotte is a native of the UK where she graduated in Veterinary Science from the University of Liverpool in 2009. She then went on to a mixed practice in South Wales for 2 years before relocating to New Zealand to work in both large animal and mixed animal practices for a further 4 years. Her experience in mixed animal practice gave her opportunities to hone her surgical skills and clinical pathology interpretation. She has a keen interest in surgery and wound management. Her continuing education has included a workshop on wound reconstruction and management. Charlotte relocated to Australia in late April 2016 to join Southpaws' rotating internship program.


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