Dr. Chris Papantonio – Veterinarian | Co-Director | B.V.Sc (Hons) MANZCVS (surgery)

Dr. Chris Papantonio graduated from Sydney University in 2005 and partnered in his first practice, Colyton Veterinary Hospital, by 2008.

Since then he has developed Colyton Veterinary Hospital with his team to what it is today. 

Growing up, Chris assisted his parents in breeding and showing their Bull Terriers which is where his interest In veterinary science flourished.

He continually undertakes study to further himself in veterinary science and has completed his postgraduate exams in surgery, becoming a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2017.

Chris has recently completed an Advanced Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery with the International School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies. For this course, Chris was required to undergo training with specialist surgeons in different parts of Europe and complete a series of case reports and finally an exam.

Chris has also completed a number of short courses in Australia, the UK, and Europe on Advanced Orthopaedics, Arthroscopy, Endoscopy, Laparoscopic Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Hip Surgery, and Computed Tomography (CT). He has also traveled to the USA to receive further training in reproductive medicine.

He has special interests in advanced surgery including soft tissue, orthopaedics, reconstructive, and minimally invasive surgery, as well as canine sports and reproductive medicine.

Chris is AQIS accredited with the Australian Government for animal export preparations. 

You can book an appointment with Chris from Monday to Thursday and certain rostered weekends.

If you have enjoyed your visit to see Chris, be sure to post a review on Google or Facebook for him. Some recommendations are below.

Dr. Chris Papantonio talks about spinal surgery on a patient, Tanto.


Google Review Link

Kirsten wrote: Such a great vet! I’ve been here numerous times since I got my ragdoll and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Very affordable and such great service. (Google Reviews – Aug 19)

Dmitry wrote: Great clinic, vets and nurses! We have to say a huge thank you to everyone who looked after our dog Dexter during a recent surgery which saved his life. The staff were always polite and accommodating during our visits. We also had the same positive experience a while back with an unrelated knee operation for Dexter. Dr Chris looked after us during both operations. Thanks goes out to you all!! (Google Reviews – June 19)

Bek wrote: He’s seriously amazing! (Facebook – Aug 19)

Naveen wrote: Would recommend any day. (Facebook – Aug 19)

Amanda wrote: Performed a massive operation on one of my greyhounds where his leg nearly had to be amputated. You would never know the dog ever had a operation. (Facebook – Aug 19)

Debbie wrote: Dr Chris is our pugs vet we only ever see him . He is very good. (Facebook – Aug 19)

Suzette wrote: The best vet around and one I recommend to every dog person. (Facebook – Aug 19)

Heather wrote: Thanx, Dr Chris. We always feel our dachshunds are in the best of care with you & co-workers. (Facebook – Aug 19)

Gina wrote: He is one of the best surgeons I know. Thank you Chris for everything you do to help Golden Oldies animal rescue xx (Facebook – Aug 19)

Johnny wrote: This guy is on another level. Freak/amazing vet/surgeon. Knowledge, expertise, ability to assess and perform in any complex situation is second to none (Facebook – Aug 19)

Stellar wrote: Dr Chris performed surgery on one of our rottweilers. Absolutely marvellous outcome!! He’s a great surgeon!! (Facebook – Aug 19)

Alison wrote: With 2 dogs we have visited many vets over the years but I can honestly say this vet (Dr Chris) is the best we have ever been to. Our dog Maxie was recently attacked by another dog and we took him here for specialist surgery. Dr Chris took such wonderful care of Max and kept us updated the whole time on how he was doing. Thank you Chris and the whole team at Colyton Vet for taking such good care of our dog Maxie. We will be using this as our regular vet from now on even though it is over an hour away from our house – highly recommended. – Google Reviews

Rob wrote: No better surgeon on the planet than Chris. – Facebook Post Comments

Angelina wrote: Chris and his team are excellent! Great service, care and price. I travel all the way from the eastern suburbs to see this vet. – Google Reviews

Stellar wrote: Dr Chris and all the staff at Colyton Veterinary Hospital are absolutely wonderful!! – Facebook Post Comments

Tricia wrote: He (Chris) is a brilliant vet wouldn’t go anywhere else. – Facebook Post Comments

Jaz wrote: This is the vet I use if you need one. Highly recommend Chris. – Facebook Post Comments