Aliisa Peura, DVM (Surgical Intern)



University of Melbourne College of Veterinary Medicine

Rotating Internship

Southpaws Specialty (Melbourne)

“Growing up I wanted to be a teacher/educator. During my teenage years, I became a groom in the standardbred racing industry. That is where my spark for veterinary medicine began. As I started university I fell in love with the science behind the medicine. Combining my interest in educating and animals ultimately enabled my want to become a veterinarian. 

Before studying veterinary medicine in Australia, I worked for a veterinary surgeon who focused on orthopedic surgery. It was that job that sparked an interest in the possibility of pursuing specialized training after veterinary school. On a more personal note, at the time, my ten-year-old border collie underwent two total hip replacements. Having gone through that process (including scrubbing into one of the procedures) helped me understand what stressors can arise during the post-operative period from a client’s perspective. “


Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project