Dr Ben Ahern

Equine Surgeon

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
+61 7 54601 799


Ben is a specialist in equine surgery and is board certified by the American College of Equine Surgeons (www.acvs.org) and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (www.vsmr.org) he is one of only a handful of veterinarians in Australia with these dual qualifications. He has authored multiple book chapters and has published on a wide range of topics ranging from orthopaedics and lameness, to novel tie-back procedures and stem cell therapies.

Research Interests

  • Laryngeal dysfunction in horses
    Novel laryngeal prosthesis and upper respiratory tract surgery
  • Translational orthopedics
    Use of large animal models for experimental human research.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Ahern, Benjamin (2014). Biomechanics of the prosthetic laryngoplasty. In Hawkins, Jan (Ed.), Advances in equine upper respiratory surgery (pp. 35-41) Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

  • Richardson, Dean and Ahern, Benjamin (2014). Osseous and synovial infections. In Auer, Jorg A. and Stick, John A. (Ed.), Equine surgery 4th ed. (pp. 1189-1200) St Louis, MO United States: Academic Elsevier Science. doi:10.1016/B978-1-4377-0867-7.00085-5

  • Ahern, Benjamin and Richardson, Dean (2014). Surgical site infections and the use of antimicrobials. In Auer, Jorg A. and Stick, John A. (Ed.), Equine surgery 4th ed. (pp. 68-84) St Louis, MO United States: Elsevier Saunders. doi:10.1016/B978-1-4377-0867-7.00007-7

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Conference Publication

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision