Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986 and worked in cattle practice in western NSW and then mixed practices until cured of the desire to become a large animal practitioner. Moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation. Completed Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994 then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Commenced residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane completing MANZCVS in 1998. Moved to the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar then Head of Surgery in 2000. Travelled to the United States to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar in 2001. Philip was a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane. Philip completed FANZCVS in Small Animal Surgery and registered as a Specialist in 2003. Appointment as Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. Surgical interests include brachycephalic airway and spinal surgery, as well as urinary tract, vascular, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. Has undertaken research projects with Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland. Has presented at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas, published widely in Veterinary Journals as well as Textbooks. Philip is a Chartered Member of the AVA and an elected Member of AO.
Philip was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists 2010-2014 and has been on the ANZCVS Council since 2008. He is one of two elected member of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.
In 2014 Philip was awarded the Inaugural Conservation Award by Australia Zoo for his surgical work with wildlife. In 2016 Philip was the recognised as the Mark S. Bloomberg Lecturer at the NAVC Conference in Florida and was awarded a Meritorious Service Award for his long term commitment and service to the Australian Veterinary Association.
Philip lectures widely on a voluntary basis in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal welfare.
Philip also collects Cadillac motor cars and is the Vice President of the Cadillac La Salle Club of Queensland.
Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of and breeder of Pugs and Dachshunds and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.