Cassie was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. She attended the University of Melbourne, where she completed her Bachelors degree in Veterinary Science, graduating on the Dean’s Honors list in 2008.
After completing a 12 month internship in Small Animal Surgery and Oncology at Southpaws Specialty Surgery for Animals in Moorabbin, Australia, Cassie started her second internship in a busy referral hospital in Melbourne. It was there that she received additional training in both Emergency and Critical Care and Internal Medicine.
Cassie then returned to Southpaws, where she completed her three-year small animal surgical residency in July 2014. Whilst completing her surgical residency in a very busy private practice setting, she also sat examinations for and achieved membership to the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists Internal Medicine Chapter in 2012. She is one of only three Australian surgeons to have achieved this, which demonstrates her dedication to being able to provide the very best care to all of her patients. Cassie then became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2015 after passing the examination on her first attempt.
Having been trained by an excellent surgical oncologist during her residency, Cassie gained a true passion for surgical oncology. She applied for and was accepted into the prestigious one-year Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Colorado State University, which she completed in June 2015.
Cassie has given many continuing education lectures to referring veterinarians and has published and co-authored numerous journal articles. She is the author of the “Orbit, eye and eyelids” chapter in the upcoming second edition of the textbook “Veterinary Surgical Oncology”. Whilst she has extensive experience and expertise in surgical oncology, she also enjoys neurosurgery, soft tissue surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. She also has a strong interest in minimally invasive surgery, specifically arthroscopy (evaluating and treating joint disease with cameras and instruments inserted through small ports), laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. She thoroughly enjoys educating her clients about different disease processes so that they can fully understand all of the different treatment options available to their loved one.
When Cassie is not at work, she enjoys spending time in the great outdoors that Colorado has to offer with her husband, Ben and her two dogs, Moose the Labradoodle and River the Goldendoodle. They are avid snowboarders and enjoy camping, hiking, fly-fishing and cycling.