Dr Neil Christensen BVSc (Hons)
Neil graduated with first class honours and the University Medal from the University of Sydney. He has been at the VSC since commencing his oncology internship in late 2008. After completing his internship Neil was given the opportunity to continue his training under the guidance of our oncologist, Dr Veronika Langova. Neil has interests in all forms of cancer diagnosis and therapeutics and his research is focused upon intralesional chemotherapy for soft tissue sarcomas in dogs. During his time at the VSC Neil has assisted Dr Langova in her role as the Medical Oncologist for the EnGeneic targeted chemotherapy trial. The trial is still underway and its promising results.
In addition, Neil and Dr Langova have collaborated with researchers at the CSIRO to trial an antibody aimed at promoting apoptosis in cancer cells. This therapeutic trial has shown very promising results in humans with squamous and basal cell carcinomas.
In his spare time he enjoys road cycling and spending time with family. His home is ruled by two cats "Whisky" and "Evan" who dictate his every move, including when he may sleep.
Dr Chris Greenwell
Chris graduated from Sydney University in 2002. After graduation he worked as a mixed practice vet in Nowra for 12 months, then headed overseas and worked as a small animal vet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for two years. On returning home to Sydney he took up a position as a small animal registrar at the Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden where he stayed for three years. It was there that he developed his interest in small animal medicine by working on medicine referral cases. Residency training opportunities at the University fell through and he started working here at VSC as one of our emergency after-hours vets. After only two months we realized his potential and offered his a residency training position in small animal medicine with Dr Philip Brain which he started in January 2010.
Chris' home life also has a veterinary flavour with his wife nearing completion of her specialist training in equine medicine at the University of Sydney and his four cats and one Husky. When not working or studying, Chris likes to spend time in his shed at home, working on one of his many "project" including the restoration of two vintage Italian motor scooters.
Dr Ricky Cashmore BVSc MACVSc MRCVS
Ricky graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2005. Following graduation he worked in general practice for twelve months before moving to England to undertake a rotating internship at the Queens Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge (2007/2008). During Ricky's internship he developed a keen interest in Surgery and Neurology and worked closely with these departments in conducting research which has since been published in Australian and American Veterinary Journals.
Ricky pursued his surgical interests following Cambridge to undertake a surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialist Centre 2008/2009) under Drs Black, Fearnside and Havlicek. During this period he obtained his membership with the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery and also enrolled in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Veterinary Practice Surgical Certificate. Ricky moved to Perth following his surgical internship where he worked in a busy small animal practice in a predominantly surgical role. He was then fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to rejoin the VSC team in June 2010 as a Surgical Resident which brings him back east.
His current research interests include expediting bone healing, articular cartilage regeneration and novel multimodal spinal analgesia. His clinical interests include neurosurgery, oncological and orthopaedic surgery.
When not working, Ricky can be found surfing, or travelling (usually looking for surf).