Dr Penny Tisdall

Qualifications: BSc(Vet) BVSc MVetClinStuds FANZCVS

Specialisation: Small Animal Surgery


Dr Penny Tisdall is a Fellow of the Australian and NZ college of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS) and registered specialist in small animal surgery. After graduating from the University of Sydney she worked for several years in private small animal practice in western Sydney before returning to the University of Sydney to complete a small animal surgical residency.
Penny has contributed to over 30 published papers on various aspects of surgery.

In 2007, she moved to Adelaide where she performs referral surgeries for South Australian pets in private practice and at the University of Adelaide, and most recently, at SASH Adelaide.

Penny has been involved in teaching undergraduate surgery at all levels in the Adelaide DVM course and in delivery of post graduate education to vets and nurses. She has played an active role in the ANZCVS in the surgery chapter examination committee.

She is the proud owner of 2 very badly behaved Curly Coated Retrievers and 2 Devon Rex cats. Professional interests include soft tissue surgery, oncologic and reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery and orthopaedics. A recent professional highlight has been contributing to surgical treatment of various zoo animals including lion, cheetah, a chimp and a tamarin monkey.


Barrs, VR., Beatty, JA., Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Gunew, M., Nicoll, RG., Malik, R., 1999, ‘Intestinal obstruction by trichobezoars in five cats’, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 1, no. 4, pp.199-207.

Beck, JA., Simpson, DJ., Tisdall, PLC., 1999, ‘Surgical management of osteochondromatosis affecting the vertebrae and trachea in an Alaskan Malamute’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 77, no. 1, pp. 21-3.

Bellenger, CR., Hunt, GB., Pearson, MR., Malik, R., Tisdall, PLC., 1995, ‘Diagnosis and treatment of portosystemic shunts’, Veterinary Quarterly, vol. 17, no. Supl., pp. 4-5.

Hunt, GB., Bellenger, CR., Borg, R., Youmans, KR., Tisdall, PLC., Malik, R., 1998, ‘Congenital interruption of the portal vein and caudal vena cava in dogs: six case reports and a review of the literature’, Veterinary Surgery, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 203-15.

Hunt, GB., Tisdall, PLC., Webb, A., MacPherson, GC., Brain, P., Malik, R., 2000, ‘Congenital portosystemic shunts in toy and miniature poodles’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 78, no. 8, pp. 530-2

Hunt, GB., Tisdall, PLC., Liptak, JM., Beck, JA., Swinney, GR., Malik, R., 2001, ‘Skin-fold advancement flaps for closing large proximal limb and trunk defects in dogs and cats’, Veterinary Surgery, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 440-8.

Hunt, GB., Kummeling, A., Tisdall, PLC., Marchevsky, AM., Liptak, JM., Youmans, KR., Goldsmid, SE., Beck, JA., 2004, ‘Outcomes of cellophane banding for congenital portosystemic shunts in 106 dogs and 5 cats’, Veterinary Surgery, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 25-31.

Kuan, S., Hoffmann, K., Tisdall, P. 2009, ‘Ultrasonographic and surgical findings of a gastric hyperplastic polyp resulting in pyloric obstruction in an 11-week-old French Bulldog’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 87, no. 6, pp. 253-5.

Liptak, JM., Hunt, GB., Barrs, VR., Foster, SF., Tisdall, PLC., O’Brien, CR., Malik, R., 2002, ‘Gastroduodenal ulceration in cats: eight cases and a review of the literature’, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 27-42.

Malik, R., Griffin, DL., White, JD., Rozmanec, M., Tisdall, PLC., Foster, SF., Bell, K., Nicholas, FW., 2005, ‘The prevalence of feline A/B blood types in the Sydney region’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 83, no. 1-2, pp. 38-44

Malik, R., Krockenberger, MB., O’Brien, CR., White, JD., Foster, D., Tisdall, PLC., Gunew, M., Carr, PD., Bodell, L., McCowan, C., Howe, J., Oakley, C., Griffin, C., Wigney, DI., Martin, P., Norris, J., Hunt, G., Mitchell DH., Gilpin, C. 2006, ‘Nocardia infections in cats: a retrospective multi-institutional study of 17 cases’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 84, no. 7, pp.235-45Simpson, DJ.,

Hunt, GB., Tisdall, PLC., Govendir, M., Zaki, S., France, MP., Malik, R., 1999, ‘Surgical removal of an ependymoma from the third ventricle of a cat’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 77, no. 10, pp. 645-8.

Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Bellenger, CR., Malik, R., 1994, ‘Congenital portosystemic shunts in Maltese and Australian cattle dogs’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 174-8.

Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Tsoukalas, G., Malik, R., 1995, ‘Post-prandial serum bile acid concentrations and ammonia tolerance in Maltese dogs with and without hepatic vascular anomalies’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 72, no. 4, pp 121-6. . Erratum in vol. 72, no. 6, p. 238

Tisdall, PLC., Rothwell, TL., Hunt, GB., Malik, R., 1996, ‘Glomerulopathy in dogs with congenital portosystemic shunts’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 73, no. 2, pp. 52-54

Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Borg, RP., Malik, R., 1997, ‘Anatomy of the ductus venosus in neonatal dogs (Canis familiaris), Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 35-8.

Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Beck, JA., Malik, R., 1999, ‘Management of perianal fistulae in five dogs using azathioprine and metronidazole prior to surgery’, Australian Veterinary Journal, vol. 77, no. 6, pp. 374-8.

Tisdall, PLC., 1999, Studies on idiopathic megacolon in cats, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies thesis, The University of Sydney.Tisdall, PLC., Hunt, GB., Youmans, KR., Malik, R., 2000, ‘Neurological dysfunction in dogs following attenuation of congenital extrahepatic portosystemic shunts’, Journal of Small Animal Practice, vol. 41, no. 12, pp. 539-46.

Tisdall, PLC., Martin, P., Malik, R., 2007, ‘Cryptic disease in a cat with painful and swollen hocks: an exercise in diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision-making’, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 418-23.

White, JD., Tisdall, PLC., Norris, JM., Malik, R., 2003, ‘Diaphragmatic hernia in a cat mimicking a pulmonary mass’, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 197-201.

O’Leary, CA., Parslow, A., Malik, R, Hunt, GB., Hurford, RI., Tisdall, PLC., Duffy, DL., in press, ‘The inheritance of extrahepatic portosystemic shunts and elevated bile acid concentrations in Maltese dogs’, Journal of Small Animal Practice accepted for publication 2013.