We remain open 24/7 as an essential service.
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COVID-19 Update: We remain open as an essential service.
January 7, 2022 - Please note: Due to Covid-19 related staffing shortages, we can currently only see pets with critical, life-threatening conditions.
To understand whether your pet is experiencing an emergency, please see this handy guide.
If your pet does not have a life threatening condition please contact your local vet or speak with a qualified vet via video call 24/7 by visiting emergencyvets.com.au
We understand and share the stress of this time but thank you for your patience. Our team are doing their best and we have a zero-tolerance policy for poor behaviour and abuse to our staff.
We are open and here to help!
Veterinary Referral Hospital provides a 24 hour pet emergency service. We are open 365 days a year, including public holidays.
Veterinary care remains an essential service. With current Covid-19 restrictions, you can travel for vet care to visit our hospital. If you have a pet emergency please come straight to the hospital, you don’t need an appointment.
We are delivering minimal contact pet care to ensure your safety and that of our team. Masks are mandatory. Please call us on arrival and we will provide further instructions. Please notify us over the phone if you are unwell or have been in contact with anyone with coronavirus.
Our safety procedures are in place to ensure that we can continue to provide emergency care. As always, our priority is providing care to your pet. Please understand that there may be increased wait times and new procedures in place, please work with us and remain respectful of our team.
Veterinary Referral Hospital
Welcome to Veterinary Referral Hospital! Our new state-of-the-art veterinary hospital provides 24 hour pet emergency and specialist services to pets in need.
In October 2019 we moved from Hallam to our new purpose built facility at 36 Lonsdale Street Dandenong. As part of the relocation we are proudly incorporating the emergency services of Hallam AEC.
The resources, knowledge and experience of our veterinarians and veterinary nurses in our emergency and critical care department support our specialty service and are available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
At Veterinary Referral Hospital we will work closely with you and your regular veterinarian to find the best treatment option for your pet. We pride ourselves on delivering a comprehensive referral facility for animals with severe, complex or prolonged conditions.
At VRH we provide the specialised equipment and expertise beyond what can be delivered in general veterinary practice. Our new hospital features advanced surgical theatres, imaging suites, dedicated canine and feline intensive care units, custom built 1.5T MRI, CT, digital x-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and lots more. We look forward to welcoming you and your pet to the new VRH, 24/7!
Our goal is to provide an honest and approachable service that integrates with your local veterinarian, to achieve the best possible outcome for our patients and their owners. Our communication to you and your regular vet ensures that all parties are kept up-to-date with your pets treatment plan and progress .