Dr Julian Lunn

Qualifications: BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery and Small Animal Medicine), MVetClinStud (Neurology)


Dr Julian Lunn graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996. He spent the first four years in mixed practice in south eastern NSW (Braidwood), and Bath in the UK.

On returning to Australia, Julian took up a position at the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital working in the Primary Accession and Medicine referral services before commencing a residency in Small Animal Surgery in 2003. He successfully gained membership in Small Animal Medicine in 2003 and in Small Animal Surgery in 2006.

Julian completed his surgical residency in 2007, having spent time at Murdoch University and Colorado State University as part of his training. He also graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Clinical Studies after completing a thesis on canine neural angiostrongyliasis.

In January 2008, Julian joined Veterinary Specialist Services, Australia’s largest and most comprehensive veterinary referral service offering surgery, medicine, emergency, oncology, cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology and dentistry. VSS sees over 5000 new patients every year.

In 2018, Julian and his family moved down to Newcastle in NSW to start a new referral practice at the Animal Referral and Emergency Centre. As well as a seachange, Julian was able to build up a busy referral surgery practice alongside the emergency service, continuing to train interns as part of the practice.

As his children approached high school age, Julian and his family elected to move back north of the border and settle the kids into new schools in October 2021. Julian is looking forward to the challenge of building up a new referral practice for the Darling Downs UQ’s Veterinary Hospital in Gatton. Julian is one of the senior clinicians in Small Animal Surgery at the UQ Gatton campus and is involved in teaching of undergraduates and supervision of the interns at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Since 2022 Julian also works part time in the Teaching Hospital at James Cook University in Townsville as one of the senior surgeons.

Julian is the author of several peer-reviewed articles published in multiple journals. He has lectured in several countries including the US, UK and Thailand. He has presented at numerous conferences including WSAVA, Australian College Science Week and the AVA annual conference as well as regularly speaking at online conferences in recent years for Vet Education and VetPrac.

Through his time at the University of Sydney, VSS, and AREC, Julian has gained wide experience in all areas of surgery from cardiothoracic, oncology and vascular to orthopaedic, neurological and trauma procedures.

Outside of work hours, Julian is kept busy running around after his three young children, two energetic ex-RSPCA dogs and four guinea pigs.