Dr Chris Tan
Dr Chris Tan

Qualifications: BVSc BSc (vet) PhD FANZCVS Diplomate ECVS (small animal surgery)

Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery


Chris is specialist in small animal surgery and hospital director of SASH Alexandria, in Sydney. He is a postgraduate research fellow at the Surgical and Orthopaedic Research Laboratories at the University of NSW, and holds an academic appointment within the veterinary school at the university of Sydney. In 2020, he established My Surgical Coach, a surgical coaching and mentoring service that sees him travel to first opinion practices to provide one on one surgical training and in 2023 was named the ASAV practitioner of the year.


C Tan, M Govendir, S Zaki, Y Miyaki, R Packiarajah and R Malik.
“Evaluation of four warming procedures to minimise heat loss induced by anaesthesia and surgery in dogs” Australian Veterinary Journal 2004; 82:65-68

C Tan, GS Allan, D Barfield, MB Krockenberger, R Howlett and R Malik.
“Synovial osteochondroma involving the elbow of a cat” Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2010 Volume 12 Issue 5 p 412-417

C Tan, MS Burgh, MA Schembri K A Johnson “Effect of a saw guide on accuracy of osteotomy placement during tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Veterinary Surgery 2014 Volume 43 No 5 p525-533

C Tan, KA Johnson “Stabilisation of peri-articular fractures and osteotomies with a notched head locking T-plate” Australian Veterinary Journal 2016 Vol 94 No 10 p377-383
WR Walsh, M Pelletier, N Bertollo, C Christou and C Tan “Does PEEK/HA Enhance Bone Formation Compared With PEEK in a Sheep Cervical Fusion Model?” Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2016 474(11)
C Tan, W Parr, WR Walsh, M Markara, KA Johnson “Influence of scan resolution, thresholding and reconstruction algorithm on computed tomography based kinematic measurements.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 2017 139(10), 104503

A Lai, C Christou, C Bailey, C Tan, J Culvenor, T Wang and W. R. Walsh
“Biomechanical comparison of pin and nitinol bone staple fixation to pin and tension band wire fixation for the stabilization of canine olecranon osteotomies” Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2017; 30(05): 324-330

C Tan , R Basa , P Bennett , N Hannan , W R. Walsh , C Bellenger “Teaching Tip: Simulated Tumors as an Aid to Teaching Principles of Surgical Oncology” JVME Ahead of print Posted online on 8 Sep 2017.

P Inness C Tan and T Caporn “Novel method of surgical stabilisation involving a comminuted radial carpal bone fracture without previous evidence of incomplete ossification on computed tomography” AVP 2017 47(2):41-47

JD Neville‐Towle, CJ Tan, WCH Parr et al. “Three‐dimensional kinematics of the canine carpal bones imaged with computed tomography after ex vivo axial limb loading and palmar ligament transection” Veterinary Surgery 2018

MR Joffe, WCH Parr, C Tan, WR Walsh et al “Development of a Customized Interbody Fusion Device for Treatment of Canine Disc-Associated Cervical Spondylomyelopathy” VCOT 2019

MR Joffe, E Hall, C Tan, L Brunel “Evaluation of different methods of securing cellophane bands for portosystemic shunt attenuation” Veterinary Surgery 2019

MJ Dan, J Crowley, D Broe, M Cross, C Tan, WR Walsh. “Patella tendinopathy Zoobiquity—What can we learn from dogs?” The Knee 2019