Dr Alessandra Santamaria

Surgical Registrar


Alex graduated with a Science degree (Major in Zoology) from The University of Melbourne in 2009. While studying science, she worked as a veterinary nurse. She then went on to graduate on the Deans Honours 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 eight 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, in particular, reconstruction after the removal of large tumours. 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.