Dr Alex Harrison

I grew up in Western Australia and graduated from Murdoch University in Perth in 2000. Soon after graduation I worked in the vet school at Melbourne University working alongside the specialists there. I then spent 13 years working in a busy group of hospitals in Adelaide’s south, honing my surgical skills as well as accepting second opinion cases from colleagues. I joined Hills Veterinary Centre in early 2018.  

I have completed post-graduate qualifications and was admitted to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2005, achieving Memberships in Small Animal Medicine. I followed up on this with Memberships in Small Animal Surgery five years later.

I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, because I love the diversity that being a veterinarian brings. No one day is the same and I love following my patients from the cradle through to their twilight years. I particularly enjoy complex surgery and am passionate about oncology (cancer care). I also enjoy using ultrasound and see this as a key method for investigation of many illnesses.

If you want to hear an interesting story, ask me about my experience being part of a team that anaesthetised a silverback gorilla for a fractured canine tooth! (I’m still a small animal vet, I promise.)

My canine companion is Loki, an “older gentleman” with a mischievous streak. As a puppy he was seized by the RSPCA due to mistreatment, and soon after I adopted him. Loki is adored by my wife and two young daughters.  I come second fiddle to him, sometimes!

My travels have seen me explore the forests and reefs of Borneo and Costa Rica, which ties in with my love of photography and the natural world.  Closer to home, you’ll find me diving, writing, or playing paparazzi in the outdoors.