Specialist Referrals


When an animal develops an unusual illness or injury, there is often a need for specialised expertise and equipment to properly diagnose and treat the problem. If your pet has a problem that requires this level of expertise we can refer you to a specialist that has earned our trust and confidence in order to give your pet the optimal chance of recovery.

Australian registered veterinary specialists undergo a rigorous training and examination process to obtain their qualifications, and like human specialists are considered to be the epitome of knowledge in their field. We work closely alongside the specialists and together can offer optimum care for pets that require this service.

Specialists are independent veterinarians and set their own fees. It's a good idea to ask them about costs when you call to make an appointment.

We use many different specialists, depending on the expertise required. We commonly refer to Southpaws (Surgical and Medical specialists, Highett), Southern Animal Emergency Centre (for out of hours care and emergencies, Highett), Melbourne Rabbit Clinic (Rabbit and Guinea Pig specialists, Ferntree Gully) and Animal Eye Care (Opthalmologists, East Malvern). All these specialists keep in close contact with us, so we can follow your case and resume long term care of your pet.

Our sense of responsibility doesn't end just because you've taken your pet to a specialist. If you find yourself faced with difficult decisions regarding the recommended treatment, please don't hesitate to call us. We'll be pleased to help you evaluate your options.

We’re happy to discuss and organise a specialist referral if required by your pet.