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Fun Bits

Sometimes working with animals can be very difficult, heartbreaking  or frustrating, but other times it is the best job in the world. Today, we got to catch up with some little mates who we helped deliver when their mum couldn’t quite get them all out into the world without help, and needed an emergency caesarian a few Saturdays ago. They are all thriving and doing a good job showing why puppies are probably the cutest and best way to lose track of
time of all!

A Recent Visitor

We often have wildlife brought in to us who need a bit of TLC and medical patching up, but we recently had someone a little more unusual than our regular possums and kangaroos- a Spotted Quoll or Chuditch, which is a small native carnivore. He had been a bit bashed around, and had concussion and a bruised eye. Luckily, he was found out in the Ferguson Valley by a very good samaritan and brought to Dr Tanya, under who’s expert care he made a full recovery and was last seen hightailing into his home range after we drove him home.

Congratulations Ashleigh- our newest Cert IV Nurse

Well done and congratulations to our previous trainee nurse Ashleigh Leknys on gaining her Certificate IV from Polytechnic West  to become a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse. Ash has worked very hard since joining us and has achieved her qualification as quickly as is possible, and is fitting reward for her effort and attitude. Good work Ash!

One of our Vets Honoured


Michael Rae is  honoured to have been nominated by one of our clients in the “Most Supportive Vet” Category of the Master Dog Breeders and Associates “Dog Owner’s Choice” Awards for this year. The MDBA is an organisation dedicated to promoting and celebrating excellence in dog breeding and practices, animal welfare, ownership and animal related services and to be strongly committed to the promotion of responsible pet ownership. To find out more about all that they do please visit

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne on May 24th- there are 18 nominations in the category so competition will be pretty stiff, we’ll see what the judges think!

Prescription Drugs

While the rules have not changed, the number of prescriptions we are filling and the increasing abuse of some veterinary drugs means a veterinarian MUST verify, record and label all prescription (“S4”) drugs leaving the hospital, which takes some time, especially at busy consulting times. In addition, a patient must have been seen by the practice within a “reasonable time” before prescription drugs can be dispensed- this will vary depending on the drug and the condition being treated. Therefore we ask that clients try to give us a ring 24 hours before they need the script filled so we can organise the medication and reduce waiting times and hassle for everyone.

Also, when we advise that we need to see you and your pet before giving more medication, we are only trying to maximise the welfare and safety of the patient, or follow prescribing laws.