Dr Ryan Taggart



Dr. Ryan Taggart completed his undergraduate training with a degree in biology from Haverford College (PA) in 2000. After living in Australia for a year, he returned to the U.S. to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Ryan received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 2005. Following graduation, he spent three years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps including an overseas tour in Saudi Arabia.

Ryan completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Mississippi State University. He then undertook a residency in veterinary orthopedic, soft tissue and neurologic surgery at Purdue University, in conjunction with a Masters degree in veterinary science. He has authored publications for Veterinary Surgery, the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and NAVC Clinician’s Brief. During the final year of his residency, he was presented with the Katie McAllister Compassion Award and the Dr. Ann L. Johnson and Dr. Walter E. Hoffman Resident Teaching Award, the first time both awards were given to a single resident. In 2013, Ryan received the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Resident Award; a national award presented to only two individuals who have achieved a high degree of excellence in their chosen specialty. 

Prior to relocating to Australia, Ryan was senior staff surgeon at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His professional interests include orthopedics and fracture repair, minimally invasive, oncologic and reconstructive surgery. He is also certified to perform Biomedtrix Universal THR (Total Hip Replacement).

On a personal note, Ryan, his wife and young sons are excited to set down roots in Adelaide. His wife is originally from Bendigo and their plan has always been to raise their family in Australia. His pursuits outside of work and family include mountain biking, skiing, and, in particular, lacrosse. Ryan has been fortunate to play and coach lacrosse in both the U.S. and Australia and is currently the coach of the Burnside Lacrosse Club senior men’s team.