All Animal Veterinary Services offers a full range of services to our patients and their owners. These include :
Consultations & Physical Examinations
Vaccinations & annual checkups
New Puppy and Kitten examinations, vaccinations, detailed advice & giveaways
Emergency & After-hours Services (via AES at Chancellor Park)
Avian, Pocket Pet, Wildlife & Exotic Pet Medicine
Pre-Export preparations including examinations, testing, treatments and certification
Large Animal Work (for transportable farm animals & advisory services)
Grooming & hydrobathing
Behavioural problem consultations & resolutions
Dentistry & oral care
Hip and Elbow Scoring
Radiology & Imaging
Surgery (both soft tissue & orthopaedic) including LASER surgery
Weight Reduction Programs
Pathology (including comprehensive in-house blood testing)
Specialist Services – Dermatology
Home Delivery, Pickup & Home Visit Service
Our veterinarians are well qualified to deal with a wide range of animal ailments from various sicknesses to injuries. We are also here to implement and advise on a wide range of preventive measures such as parasite control and disease prevention. We recommend pets at least have a thorough physical examination once a year (& twice yearly in our Geriatric pets … see “Geriatric Medicine”). Back to the list of services
Many of the severe, often fatal diseases in our pets such as Distemper, Parvovirus, Feline Enteritis and Cat Flu, once common are starting to recur with alarming frequency with dire consequences. Therefore, we continue to recommend yearly vaccination of our patients to reduce environmental contamination by virus, and to maintain a pool of protected pets to prevent outbreaks of these serious diseases. This yearly vaccination fits in well with the annual check-up. Back to the list of services
New puppies and kittens are seen at 6 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks of age for vaccinations, worming, heartworm treatments, etc. At these visits we offer detailed guidelines and advice to ensure the best of future health for your pet. Giveaway packs with products and information are provided at the first visit. Back to the list of services
Emergencies, such as road trauma or poisoning cases, are handled promptly and efficiently at our surgery. In the hours that we are open (Weekdays 7.00am to 6.00pm; Saturdays 8.00am to 12noon), please contact the surgery ahead of time to let us know that you are on the way. This will allow us to be prepared, ensuring the emergency is handled in the best way possible.
After-hours emergencies (eg. weekday nights, weekends and holidays) are handled by the AES at Chancellor Park. To contact them, ring first on 5445 1333. They will give you directions to their centre. Let them know that you are a client of this practice so that their treatment records can be forwarded to us to add to your pet’s file and a follow-up can be done if required. Back to the list of services
We frequently examine and treat birds of all varieties for various illnesses and injuries. Any detailed cases are referred to avian veterinary specialists. Guinea pigs, pet rat and mice are also commonly treated by us, including desexings and other surgeries. Exotic pets such as reptiles and wildlife such as bats are handled and treated by Vicki Barker who has an active interest in this area.
We also offer a free service to any injured or ill wildlife. Initially, such animals are examined and assessed by us, then treated if necessary. Those able to be rehabilitated are handed on to Wilvo carers for convalescence and release back in to their natural surroundings. Back to the list of services
Our practice is unique in the area, being accredited to perform pre-export procedures on dogs, cats and birds. This Federal government (DAFF Biosecurity) delegated-task involves complying with the requirement of each country to which a pet is being sent. It involves advice on requirements, physical examinations, testing procedures, treatments and detailed certification. Back to the list of services
Because of the dramatic demographic changes in our area over the last few years, we have found a marked decrease in the need to provide involved large animal services. Consequently, such detailed and regular large animal work is referred to neighbouring or specialist practices. We do, however, offer free advice on any large animal matter and will treat portable farm animals such as calves, goats or sheep which can be brought in to the surgery. We also carry out routine worm counts for sheep, goats and horses. Back to the list of services
We have a fully qualified and experienced pet groomer on site. Clients are welcome and encouraged to come and meet Michelle and discuss any special requirements to suit your pet. More difficult clippings (e.g. matted Persian cats), can be done by the nurses or veterinarians under sedation. Hydrobathing facilities are also available. Back to the list of services
One of the most common reasons why pets are euthanased, abandoned or re-homed is because of unacceptable behavioural problems. We offer comprehensive advice and treatment in this area. Where appropriate, cases requiring more detailed work are referred to trainers or behavioural specialists. Back to the list of services
Heartworm disease has been effectively controlled with the very efficacious monthly treatments now available. We now also recommend a yearly injection for Heartworm prevention as a more convenient option. Back to the list of services
One of the most important areas of work in our practice is the maintenance of good health without pain or suffering in pets as they age. With proper care, most pets are living enjoyable lives many years in excess of what could be expected only 20 or less years ago. Our established Senior Pet Programme is one of the most worthwhile and highly recommended pet wellbeing practices that we have ever implemented. Back to the list of services
Our surgery is very well equipped to handle most teethwork required for dental problems encountered in our pets. We are also strong advocates on maintaining dental health in our pets as part of the lifelong care that they require, offering advice and support through proper diet and the like. In more detailed dental cases, such as root canal filling, we refer cases to dental specialists. Back to the list of services
Some patients are susceptible to heart disease such as mitral valve regurgitation, cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. We use physical examination, ECG monitoring, cardiac auscultation and radiography to evaluate heart patients. Further detailed evaluation is referred to a specialist veterinary cardiologist. Vastly improved heart evaluation and the new cardiac drugs available these days, make cardiac disease much better managed today than in the past. Back to the list of services
Some large breeds are prone to heritable orthopaedic diseases such as hip dysplasia. Prior to breeding we recommend scoring of hip and elbow X-Rays to ensure that these traits are not passed on to the next generation of puppies. This is done by radiographing the hips and elbows under a general anaesthetic. The X-Rays are then forwarded on to specialist-recognised evaluators for scoring. Back to the list of services
We are fully aware of anaesthetic risk in our beloved pets. Although the risk is extremely slight (less than 0.3%), the risk rises as our pets age and develop other health problems. For this reason, we are careful to examine the pets prior to surgery and tailor our anaesthetic regimes to suit out patient’s needs. The anaesthetic agents that we use routinely are amongst the safest available in veterinary medicine at present (although a little more expensive). For additional safety, our anaesthesia equipment utilizes patient monitors for respiration, pulse and blood oxygenation.
We offer and recommend pre-anaesthetic blood profile testing to all our patients, which enables us to examine the animal’s body for internal problems before surgery commences. Such problems may be hidden and not obvious externally, despite a physical examination. This further ensures safety with anaesthesia.
We consider analgesia (pain relief) as an important part of any surgery that we perform. For this reason, we routinely administer additional analgesia at a small additional charge to any surgical procedure that we perform and that we consider painful in any way. Back to the list of services
In late 2016 we upgraded our radiology system to digital. This has greatly improved our ability to take high-quality X-Rays for many routine procedures such as orthopaedic, soft tissue and contrast work. Detailed radiology, including myelograms, are referred to specialist centres here on the Sunshine Coast or in Brisbane. Ultrasound examinations, CT scans and other detailed imaging procedures are also referred to the relevant veterinary specialists. Back to the list of services
We are well equipped to perform many types of orthopaedic procedures, including most fracture repairs, dislocation reductions, cruciate rupture repairs and patella surgery. More detailed or complicated orthopaedic surgery are referred to North Coast Veterinary Specialists (Dr Richard Mitchell) at Chancellor Park, or Queensland Veterinary Specialists in Brisbane.
Soft Tissue & Laser Surgery:
Our surgery is extremely well equipped to handle most types of general surgery. Some of the common procedures that we perform routinely include :-
- Desexings (spays & castrations)
- Tumour & lump removals
- Exploratory laparotomies and abdominal procedures
- Enterotomies and other gastro-intestinal procedures
- Hernia repairs
- Eye & eyelid surgery
- Soft palate resection
- Anal sac flushing and removal
- Ear surgery
- Plastic surgery
Being a progressive practice, we are proud to be one of only a handful of veterinary surgeries within Australia with a surgical laser, imported from the USA in late 2010. This laser allows us to perform surgery with much more precision, less haemorrhage, less pain and with a quicker recovery than with normal surgery using a scalpel and scissors. Back to the list of services
It is important to clearly and unmistakably identify all pets. We do microchipping to assist in this task. Microchips, are small (about size of a rice grain), inert devices that are implanted painlessly under the skin (between the shoulder blades). Each microchip has a unique barcode number that remains with that pet for life. We use international Iso chips (15-digit) that are now used worldwide. The number and owner details are recorded on central databases, accessible 24-hours per day. By reading the number by a hand held scanner, the chip can be read and the animal and owner identified. Most veterinary practices, welfare centres and local government pounds carry microchip readers and utilise them fully. This ensures pets are being returned home quickly and much more efficiently than in the past. Back to the list of services
We offer ultrasonic examinations which are an important diagnostic tools for examining internal structures and organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, intestines and so on. It is also ideal for pregnancy testing.
Our practice provides a central point on the Sunshine Coast for regular monthly visits by Dr Mike Shipstone, a veterinary dermatologist. He services clients referred from adjoining practices as well as our own.
We also regularly refer cases to specialists and specialist centres in Brisbane. For example, these cover the areas of reproduction, oncology, and internal medicine. Back to the list of services
We do offer within the Nambour area, a free pickup and delivery service for pets. Also, we are willing to deliver products to your doorstep if desired. To utilize this service, you should give the surgery advanced notice so that a vehicle and staff can be organised to carry out the task.
If desired, our practice will carry out home-visits to examine and treat pets (for a small additional fee). However, in the interests of practicing quality veterinary medicine, we would encourage clients, where possible, to bring their pets to the actual surgery for examinations and treatments. This allows us to use our facilities, equipment and trained staff to handle your need in the best way possible. Back to the list of services