Professor Ben Ahern


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 ( and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation ( 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. Ben has a Phd related to laryngeal surgery in horses.

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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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Veterinary Clinical Sci

  • Doctor Veterinary Clinical Sci

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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Ahern, Benjamin (2014). Biomechanics of the prosthetic laryngoplasty. Advances in equine upper respiratory surgery. (pp. 35-41) edited by Hawkins, Jan. Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1002/9781118834183.ch6

  • Richardson, Dean and Ahern, Benjamin (2014). Osseous and synovial infections. Equine surgery. (pp. 1189-1200) edited by Auer, Jorg A. and Stick, John A.. 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. Equine surgery. (pp. 68-84) edited by Auer, Jorg A. and Stick, John A.. St Louis, MO United States: Elsevier Saunders. doi: 10.1016/B978-1-4377-0867-7.00007-7

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision