Emergency: Open 24hrs/365 days 
Emergency Call: (03) 9731 2000

Referring Vets


Small Animal Medicine - Referral


The small animal medicine referral service investigates and treats a wide range of medical cases in cats and dogs. We provide specialist advice and management for pets with cancer (including chemotherapy in our dedicated oncology area), cardiac or respiratory disorders, blood disorders, hormonal disease, digestive and urinary disorders.

We only see animals that are referred by their regular veterinarian, and offer services throughout the week to animals throughout Victoria and beyond.

In addition to our daily regular appointments, we also run special clinics (senior pets, lower urinary tract, gastrointestinal and diabetes) that concentrate on specific problems and allow us to combine the best in cutting edge technology with the latest in compassionate animal care.

We use the latest equipment including:

  • Advanced and modern endoscopy unit with high definition and narrow band imaging in a variety of sizes. This allows us to examine the nasal cavity, intestinal system, bronchial system and digestive system of most dogs and cats.
  • Confocal endoscopy, a laser based endoscope that provides real-time microsocpic images of the tissue being examined.
  • Continuous glucose monitoring
  • Closed chemotherapy administration facilities
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Colour flow Doppler ultrasound
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Nuclear scintigraphy 
  • Computer tomography (CT)

We are able to provide specialised treatment for hyperthyroidism (radioiodine), a common hormonal disease in cats.

We work closely with the anaesthesia, neurology, critical care, surgery and diagnostic imaging
services of the Veterinary Hospital to provide the highest level of care for your pet. We also offer the convenience of full onsite pathology services which means that critical information is available to veterinarians as soon as possible.

We offer an Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine approved residency program, which currently trains four residents to specialist standard.

Referral Practice

Our referral practice is open from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm. To make appointments or seek case advice, please phone +61 3 9731 2054 or email us at vet-sa-medicine@unimelb.edu.au


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Meet the team

Head
Dr Caroline Mansfield, Associate Professor, Head of Small Animal Medicine

Veterinarians
Dr Erin Bell, Clinical researcher and Specialist Veterinarian 
Dr Julien Dandrieux, Clinical researcher and Specialist Veterinarian 
Dr Thurid Johnstone, Lecturer and Specialist Veterinarian
Dr Lauren Lacorcia, Lecturer and Specialist Veterinarian
Dr Adrian Witham, Lecturer and Specialist Veterinarian
Dr Lydia Hambrook, Specialist Veterinarian
Dr Claire Cannon, Medical Oncology
Dr Judd Sumner, Resident
Dr Helsa Teh, Resident 
Dr Lucia Yu, Resident
Dr Avril Lim, Resident

Nurses
Ms Lynne Gillies, Medicine Coordinator 9731 2054
Ms Jessica Baker-Goldsmith
Ms Kathryne Maxwell
Ms Lauren Nicol
Ms Melanie Burns
Ms Stephanie Tomic
Ms Jennifer Peart
Ms Tara Podhaski
Ms Maddison Leckie