Philip 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. He then moved to the UK in 1990 and began the long road to small animal surgical specialisation.
After completing his Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics at the Royal College in 1994, he then worked in referral practice before returning to Australia in 1996. Philip then commenced his residency in small animal surgery in private practice in Brisbane completing MANZCVS in 1998, before working at the University of Sydney as Senior Registrar then Head of Surgery in 2000. In 2001 he travelled to the United States to the University of Florida as a visiting scholar, before returning as a founding partner of Veterinary Specialist Services in Brisbane.
Philip completed his FANZCVS in Small Animal Surgery and registered as a Specialist in 2003 and is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland. Surgical interests include: brachycephalic airway syndrome, spinal anomalies particularly of brachycephalic dogs, spinal surgery especially IVDD in chondrodystropic dogs as well as all aspects of soft tissue, neurological and orthopaedic surgery. As well as undertaking research projects with Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney and the University of Queensland, he 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. During 2010-2014 he was President of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Surgeon, and is currently a Councillor of the College. Philip has been one of two elected members of the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland since 2009.
Particular interests include Australian Marsupials and has pioneered many major surgical techniques in Koalas and Kangaroos. In 2014 Philip was awarded the Inaugural Conservation Award by Australia Zoo for his surgical work with wildlife. He was the Mark S. Bloomberg Lecturer at the 2016 NAVC Conference in Florida.
Philip lectures widely in South East Asia to help promote and improve animal care. He also collects Cadillac motor cars and is the President of the Cadillac La Salle Club of Queensland.
Philip is the father of six beautiful children, an owner of Pugs, Dachshunds and Burmese cats and a devoted supporter of the Queensland Reds and the Wallabies.