We are your caring professionals dedicated to excellence in professional care.
Our Veterinary Hospital provides modern, professional and affordable health care for your pets. We aim to make your pet feel at ease in our clinic with a caring and gentle approach to treatment and consultations. Our dedicated staff and leading veterinarians are all passionate about pets and avid animal lovers.
At our Veterinary Hospital, you’ll be fully supported with sound advice first and foremost. With fully equipped examination rooms, diagnostic machines and pharmaceutical stores we provide on-the-spot assistance for nearly all pet health and medical needs. Take a moment to meet our team and our own pets. We look forward to seeing you and your pet again at the next scheduled visit.
Join Tanunda on Facebook:
The Tanunda Vet Clinic has just started up their own Facebook page, so please visit the page and check us out. Focussing on those topics most relevant to our Barossa clinic, from our local staff to cute pets, and important health alerts, it will be a page that our Tanunda staff are eager to make their own. So please like us on Facebook to join the community.
We would like to warn all our rabbit owners that a new strain of Calicivirus has now been confirmed in the Adelaide hills and around Adelaide. This new strain is causing sudden death in pet and wild rabbits. Unfortunately, the current calicivirus vaccination that we can offer our clients may not provide full protection against this new strain. We are recommending that all rabbits be brought up to date with their calicivirus vaccinations to ensure they have as much protection as we can offer, including more frequent vaccinations for young kittens and for breeding rabbits as these are at higher risk. We are also strongly encouraging our rabbit owners to take extra precautions against the virus, including keeping rabbits inside or behind fine flywire to avoid insect bites, not to introduce new rabbits without quarantining them first, and to avoid any contact with ground that may have wild rabbits in the area.
Please contact one of our friendly veterinarians to discuss how to protect your rabbit, and to determine the best vaccination protocol for your pet.
Changing faces at our clinics...
You may notice a few new faces around our clinics over the next few weeks. Towards the end of 2015, we lost a couple of our staff members, and we are gradually replacing them in our team. We are very pleased to welcome a new vet, Dr Michelle Lloyd, a recent graduate from the Roseworthy Veterinary School, who is already part of the team. We are also pleased to welcome 2 nurses to our team, Kristy and Diane, who are quickly learning how our clinics operate. Please welcome our new team members when you are next in, and be patient with them as they learn our systems.
Dr Michelle Lloyd, the newest vet addition to our family at Gawler Veterinary Services.
How often do you check your pet's ears?
Ear problems are actually very common in dogs and cats throughout the year. In summer, we often see grass seeds getting stuck in the ears. But we can see ear issues throughout the year, with problems caused by infections, mites, moisture in the ears, or allergies. Often, the initial signs are missed, and the infections can cause rupture of the ear drum and middle ear infections also. If you get into a routine to check your pet's ears regularly for any smell or discharge, you can pick up the early signs and save yourself money and keep your beloved pet much more comfortable.
If you have any concerns with your pet's ears, please call us to make an appointment on 8522 2055.
Is your pet microchipped? Microchipping involves the placement of a small rice-grain-sized chip between the shoulder blades in a dog or cat, but microchips can also be implanted into rabbits, ferrets, birds and other pets. This is the only method of permanent identification - collars and tags can easily be lost or taken off, but a microchip has a unique number that connects to an international database with all your details to contact you if your pet is found. So get your beloved pet microchipped today to make sure they can always find their way home.
For more information on microchipping, please click here.
New First Aid App:
Ever felt out-of-your-depth when your pet hurts itself?
When you have pets, emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. While it is always best to contact a vet immediately, we understand this can be difficult afterhours or on weekends. Now, there is a new First Aid app for iPhones, iPads and androids. Free to download, this provides concise and easy-to-use information about what to do in an emergency, and when to get to a veterinary clinic!
Introducing … Puppy Preschool
Our nurses at Gawler are very excited to announce that we are starting up puppy preschool classes at our Willaston clinic. These classes will be specifically for puppies aged between 8 and 16 weeks of age, and are a way to both socialise your new puppy and learn valuable information about looking after and training a new dog.
These classes are a fun and informal time, helping your puppy to relax in a clinic environment as well as to meet other young puppies of a similar age.
For information about our Puppy Preschool, please click here.
For further information or to make a booking, please call our clinic.
Gawler now on Facebook!
Our Gawler clinic has now also set up a Facebook page. Join the community and keep in touch with what is going on in your clinic. We will be using this page to relate more with our clients on what is going on in our clinic day-to-day. And keep an eye out for health alerts that may be relevant for you, so you get the information first. So, like us on Facebook today and join us in an exciting new development for us.
Smithfield is entering the technological age!
Our Smithfield clinic has recently set up a Facebook page to bring you up to date with what is going on around our clinic. From cute customers to health alerts, this will be another way for us to let you know what is going on in your local area. So, like us on Facebook today to join our community.
Our Gawler and Tanunda clinics will shortly also be starting their own Facebook sites so we can be truly focused on topics of concern in your local area. Keep an eye out for developments.
Did you know Australia has one of the highest rates of FIV (Feline AIDS) infection in the world?
About 18% of cats in South Australia are positive for FIV, the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus responsible for Feline AIDS infection.
Feline AIDS is an incurable disease spread through fight wounds. Hence, any cat that goes outside is at risk of becoming infected with the virus. However, there is a vaccination available that can protect your precious pet from this deadly disease.
For more information on FIV, please click here to visit our cat vaccination page.
Could your cat be at risk? Click here for an FIV risk assessment form.
If you are concerned your cat may be at risk, or for more information on Feline AIDS and the vaccine available, please contact the clinic.
Meet our clinic animals
'Jet' came to us as an abandoned kitten in 2002. She is a cool customer who loves to greet every customer with a vocal cheer and a demand for a pat. We find it hard to keep her weight down to a reasonable level as food is a major part of her life. If you can't tell the difference between the black cats at the Willaston clinic, the one talking is probably Jet.
'Hugo' is a boy who was doing naughty things at his other home once a new baby arrived. He came to live at the Willaston clinic and after a settling in period has taken charge of the office area. Now 8 years old he looks to have a long and comfortable life ahead of him.
'Jimmy' lives at our Tanunda clinic and is very much a part of the furniture there. He is a large, charming, very vocal and affectionate cat who loves attention and is happy to sprawl on the counter and get in the way of the eftpos machine (which he uses as his pillow). He is not afraid of standing up to any size of dog in the waiting room too, often to the surprise of the 50kg rottweiler in front of him!
'Edna' is the latest addition to our four-legged family. Edna came to us as an abandoned kitten, but to our surprise Jimmy accepted her well at Tanunda, so Edna has joined our Tanunda clinic. Still acting like a kitten, Edna enjoys chasing things round the clinic and greeting people and animals to the clinic. She is also getting into trouble with Jimmy!