2017 Symposium Speakers

Dr Russell Harrison

Head of Hospital, Lort Smith


Dr Russell Harrison graduated in veterinary science from the University of Melbourne in 2001. Dr Harrison took on a six-year stint in small animal practice in the UK, with a side trip to the West Indies to volunteer for the Santa Lucia Animal Protection Society at their de-sexing clinic for stray dogs and cats.

Before returning to Australia in 2007, Dr Harrison spent two years in private practice before taking a slightly different direction, with a sales position at Pfizer Animal Health. When the role of General Manager, Veterinary Services, was created at Lort Smith in 2011, Dr Harrison successfully applied for it. In 2015, Dr Harrison was promoted to Head of Hospital Services, taking on the leadership of all hospital staff, including customer service and complaint management.

Since joining Lort Smith, Dr Harrison has been instrumental in improving the clinical standard of case management through a program of ongoing education and collaboration, and the introduction of a 24 hour service and the acquisition of the hospital first CT scanner.

Dr Harrison has been closely involved with the development of the Lort Smith Ethics Committee, believed to be the first clinical ethics committee in a veterinary hospital in Australia. He is also passionate about Lort Smith’s long-standing commitment to providing high quality vet care to the animals of people who are often least able to afford it and cites this as one of the most rewarding aspects of his work. Lort Smith provides veterinary care to over 20,000 clients (people) and 25,000 animals every year.

Dr Harrison is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has post graduate qualification is Health care management and is a qualified mental health first aider.