Simon is a co-founder of Golden Plains Vet Practice along with his wife Alex and colleague Nick Branson who co-incidentally was best man at their wedding!
Simon started in equine practice in Cranbourne with Graham Jeffrey way back in 1993 and at that time enjoyed mentorship from John Van Veenendaal, a tremendous servant to equine surgical practice in Victoria.
He then completed a PhD in developmental orthopaedic diseases in foals at Massey University in New Zealand and completed a surgical residency training program at the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada culminating in successfully qualifying as a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He stayed on at the OVC as a registered specialist and faculty in Surgery.
He has also worked as a faculty member and specialist in Equine Surgery at the University of Melbourne before heading to Europe to head up a research department at the AO Research institute in Davos, Switzerland.
At that time, he was fortunate to join a fireball sailing crew and travel through Switzerland and Italy, competing in regattas on alpine lakes. It goes without saying that there was a lot of skiing, but the down-hill toboggan (Schlitteln) is a kind of madness that everyone should experience at some point in their lives.
Home sickness and a young family have brought Simon back to the Golden Plains.
Simon has published approximately 50 articles primarily in the orthopaedic surgical field and has been an expert reviewer for numerous veterinary and scientific journals. He remains a reviewer for the Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedic and Traumatology journal. He is also a Principal Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
His ambitions are to work out how to get son Cameron enrolled in Auskick for 2015 and to make the perfect crepes with daughter Pippa on Sunday mornings.