Dr Gail Anderson

Dr Gail Anderson
  • Biography/ Background

    Gail Anderson graduated from University of Melbourne School of Veterinary Science and then went on to an internship and residency in Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College in Ontario, Canada. She completed her MSc in Comparative Orthopaedics also at OVC and then went on to her PhD at the University of Toronto in Osteoclast Cell Biology. She is a registered specialist veterinary surgeon via Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and honorary Diplomate status of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. Gail is a Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK. She gained her CCRP from U Tennessee that makes her the equivalent of a canine rehabiliation therpaist. She is currently the Project Leader for the ComPass Animal Welfare Training project for ANZCCART.

    When time permits, she is a keen walker, gardener, cyclist, dog nut and ukulele player.

  • Qualifications

    BVSc hons - Melbourne

    MSc with distinction - University of Guelph

    PhD - University of Toronto

    MANZCVSc (Small Animal Surgery)

    Diplomate, American College Veterinary Scientists

    Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

    CCRP - Canine Certified Rehabiliation Practitioner

  • Awards & Achievements

    First Australian Woman to gain Specialist status in Veterinary Surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    First Aussie Vet to become a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy for curriculum development and student mentoring support service development

    Fellowship Scholar of the NHMRC Canada

    Inaugural Head of School SAVSc, Adelaide



  • Teaching Interests

    Veterinary medical education

    Teaching technical surgical skills

    Teaching clinical decision-making skills

    Bone biology

    Animal Wefare and recognition of animal pain

    Currciculum development

  • Research Interests

    Bone biomaterials interactions especially enhancement of osseous integration

    Bone cell mechanics and mechanotransduction

    Clinical outcomes in veterinary surgery

    Pain assessment and management in animals

  • Research Funding

    Biomaterials and bone  - NHMRC, ARC

    Previously CIHR, MRC of Canada, Arthritis Society fo Canada

    The ComPass project is funded by ANZCCART

  • Professional Associations

    Orthopaedic Research Society

    American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

    American College Veterinary Surgeons

    Australasian College Veterinary Scientists

    Australian Veterinary Association



  • Professional Interests

    Small animal surgery including surgical oncology and general surgery

    Veterinary medical education

    Animal welfare and care

    Pain management 

    Arthritis management and rehabilitation (K9) and human!

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 1 Jun 2021