Dr Nina Lorenz

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery), MRCVS, Diplomate ECVS

Dr Nina Lorez

A passion for neurosurgery

Dr Nina Lorenz is a specialist in small animal surgery, and she has a particular passion for neurosurgery.

She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2006 and began her professional career working in mixed practice. Soon after, she pursued further training by completing internships in New York and Sydney, and she worked as an emergency veterinarian in different Sydney referral hospitals.

She continued her specialist training at the University of Liverpool, UK, where she completed a residency program in small animal surgery from 2011–2014.

Following some time in WA in a private referral clinic, Nina held a clinical position at the University Small Animal Teaching Hospital from 2016 to early 2019.

In 2018, Nina became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS). And she has been published in Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery and Veterinary Record.

Building partnerships with vets

One of the things Nina loves about her work is meeting and working alongside other vets. That’s because it’s so crucial to build relationships with vets so that together they can combine the best care for their referred clients.

“No matter how many times I perform the same surgery, no two will ever be the same. Just like no two animals are the same. That’s why you have to treat every patient – and owner – as an individual. Each one is unique.”

For Nina, that’s a crucial key to providing best practice in care for each and every patient: understanding that every patient is unique and responding by tailoring the right care for them.

As a specialist in small animal surgery, she operates on animals for a variety of care, from injuries related to bones and muscles, to soft tissue surgeries, all issues in the chest or abdomen and neurological surgery, which includes any problems related to the spine.

“I knew I wanted to specialise fairly early on in my career. I had a very clear plan through internships and residencies to get me to where I am today. I really enjoy what I do each and every day… and every day is completely different.”

Driven by compassion

Nina’s love for animals is absolute. And her love for her cat, Henry, shows how committed she is to healing animals. She just refuses to give up!

Nina rescued Henry during her New York internship, and initially, Henry’s prognosis was not so bright.

“When I first met Henry, he was pretty broken. He couldn’t walk, as both of his forelimbs were paralysed and he also had a fractured hip.”

On top of all this, Henry had a swollen kidney that had to be removed, and he went into renal failure while being transported to Australia. But thanks to Nina’s caring hands and expert veterinary care, Henry survived and he’s been thriving with her for the past 12 years.

When not working in surgery, Nina and her young family love the beach… be it playing in the sand with her son before work or catching up on some reading on the weekends.

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