Snakes, crocodiles and goannas – Melbourne vets treat wildlife in the Northern Territory

They may have graduated 16 years apart, but Melbourne veterinary science alumni Stephen Cutter and Ella Richardson found a shared interest in Australian wildlife and treating dogs in Indigenous communities in the north of Australia.

Dr Cutter founded the Ark animal hospital in Darwin in 2006, the only veterinary clinic in the area that treats wildlife and domestic animals. Dr Richardson joined the clinic early this year.

“Last year I came up here with Liz Tudor, a professor at the uni, and did de-sexings in Arnhem Land,” she said.

“I absolutely loved it and found a passion for public health. Stephen does all the work with the bush trips and the dog de-sexings out in Aboriginal communities, so when I saw an advertisement for a job at the Ark I made an application.”

Read the full story in 3010, our alumni magazine.