Crouch Dr Stephen

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Place of birth Papua New Guinea

Dr Stephen Crouch - Gawler Animal Hospital

"The opportunity to move into a senior veterinarian and managerial role at the Gawler Animal Hospital proved very exciting, especially as it's married my enjoyment of treating and caring for animals with my love for being involved in the wonderful community of Gawler. "

Born in Papua New Guinea, Stephen Crouch (better known as Dr Steve) earned his Veterinary Degree graduating with honours from the University Of Melbourne in 1992. Going to school at The Heights School, Modbury Heights, things were totally different back then as he'd catch a yellow bus to school and the place was full of vineyards. Since then he has practised as a vet in places far and wide such as those in the North Eastern suburbs of Adelaide, in the United Kingdom, and at the Adelaide Veterinary Emergency Centre, and as a small animal veterinary surgeon exclusively.

Soon after marrying, he and his wife Anne travelled to the UK for one year which turned into nearly seven years abroad. He managed a busy small animal practice in greater London and enjoyed the various accents of clients as well as the opportunity to sight-see and contribute to a lively and healthy church community. The draw of Australia as the best place in the world to raise kids and the yearning for a bit more sunshine saw him finally return to Adelaide in 2004 and take up residence near Gawler. In 2013 Steve joined Dr David MacPhail as a partner here at Gawler Animal Hospital and was an integral part of the development of the new hospital premises. Toward the end of 2020, due to Dr Dave’s retirement, Steve took on ownership of the practice along with his wife Anne.

Since being back in Gawler he has been fortunate to own a ginger long-haired cat named Shinay who has now survived THREE snake bites and at sixteen still has perfect blood results, AND Harry the wonder dog who in Steve’s own words is ‘probably the BEST dog on the whole planet EVER!” Harry is a Labrador X Kelpie and has been Steve’s great mate, wandering around with him when they were on property ‘helping’ with cutting wood, fixing fences, moving sheep, building ‘stuff’ in the shed and doing lots of gardening. After moving to the suburbs, along came the adorable Morgan (pictured) – a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who has totally won the entire family’s heart. She terrorises Harry, lives to a completely different set of rules, and just makes everyone so happy with her antics and cuddles. As a pet owner his entire life, Steve appreciates the amazing bond that exists between us and our pets and the amazing joy and love that they provide us. As a vet he appreciates the deep levels of concern that owners experience when their pets are injured or unwell.

Throughout his veterinary career, Steve has had a keen interest in surgery in particular and believes that blood should stay inside the body as much as possible! He’s a very skilled and meticulous surgeon and takes on cases from a number of regional practices for orthopaedic cases (leg fractures, cruciate ligament damage, patellar instability and other conditions)

First shared on Gawler in PhotographsHumans of Gawler’ series 2 December 2020.

Photographs by Daniel James Down. Please click here to visit the Gawler in Photographs Facebook page.

Gawler History Team Inc thanks Daniel James Down (Gawler in Photographs) and the subjects of ‘Humans of Gawler’ for allowing us to preserve their profiles and photographs for future generations of Gawlerites to enjoy.

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