When the Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital closes at the end of each day, The Western Animal Emergency Centre (WAEC) takes over which means that there is staff here 24hrs, 7days a week. The service runs from the same place and is staffed full time with dedicated emergency veterinarians and nurses.
Until 9am on Monday 6 January 2014, we service the after-hours emergency needs for the western suburbs of Brisbane and 'take over' when the usual St Lucia hospital, and most other vets, are closed
We perform emergency consultations for any pet in need (be it a wolfhound with tick paralysis, or a kitten with the flu)
We accept many cases from nearby clinics that require intensive monitoring and hospitalisation overnight or on weekends
We are fully equipped to hospitalise critical cases, perform treatments or emergency surgery as necessary. We also have specialist surgeons available to perform some of the more difficult emergency surgeries
Until 9am on Monday 6 January 2014, we are also available for phone advice 24-7
Please note after-hours fees apply to all consultations. Treatment costs will be discussed at time of consultation.
After 9am on Monday 6 Janaury, our Centre will close as the final phase of the School of Veterinary Science's move to the UQ Gatton campus - a move which commenced in 2010 following the construction of world-class veterinary training and clinical facilities at the Gatton Campus. A 24 hour emergency service is already open and operating from the Gatton campus.
Dr Martin Pearson BVSc .PhD DVA Dipl. ECVA MRCA Registered Specialist
Dr Brenda Dixon BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Anaesthesia & Critical Care)
Dr Wendy Goodwin BVSc MACVSc (Equine Medicine)
Trish Farry CVN VTS (ECC & Anes) Cert IV (TAA)
It is extremely important to us for your pet to receive the highest quality care possible in terms of pain management and anaesthesiology.
The University of Queensland Small Animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital have a dedicated team of experienced veterinary anaesthetists and a highly trained veterinary anaesthesia technician to ensure your pet will receive the highest quality care possible in the areas of anaesthesia and pain management. We have state of the art anaesthesia and monitoring equipment to ensure the safest possible anaesthesia for your pet. Providing optimum pain relief to each and every pet is our priority.
Dr Gary Wilson and Dr Aaron Forsayeth visit the clinic every Thursday to attend to your pets' dental needs. The dental clinic is a day surgery, so you drop your pet off in the morning, have a consultation with the veterinarian to discuss and collect them in the afternoon, following the procedure. If your dog or cat requires a clean and scale or a tooth extraction, please don’t hesitate to see the friendly reception team to make an appointment!
Dr Mike Shipstone is a Registered Specialist in Dermatology for Animals and attends consultations at the UQ Small Animal Clinic one Friday afternoon a month. His associate and resident, Dr Fiona Bateman, is also available at these times. If your pet has a skin allergy or condition please contact our clinic to discuss this option further.
Dr Nicola Lloyd BVSc, MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
If your pet requires hospitalisation, he/she may be placed under the special care of one of our Emergency Medicine Veterinarians. Our clinic Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is staffed around the clock, every day of the year, so your pet will always receive the very best treatment. Our Clinicians are dedicated to our ICU, and as such your pet will need to be referred (that means, pets that have previously been seen by another vet and recommended to a surgical consultation) to one of our Clinicians from your regular veterinarian. Updates will be provided daily to both you and your local veterinarian on a daily basis.
General Medicine encompasses all your regular veterinary needs, including Vaccinations, General Health Checks and basic procedures.
The UQ Small Animal Clinic & Veterinary Teaching Hospital recommends that your pet has an annual health check to ensure all is well and to discuss any issues you may be concerned about. During this consultation your pet will receive a thorough check-up, as well as any vaccinations they may require.
Ophthalmology Referral Services at UQ
Below is a list of ophthalmic services at UQ St Lucia Small Animal Clinic.
- Vision loss – sudden or progressive
- Persistent ocular discharge
- Eyelid problems requiring surgery – entropion, ectropion, distichiasis, trichiasis, ectopic cilia
- Third eyelid problems requiring surgery – cherry eye, bent cartilage
- Persistent dry eye problems
- Corneal ulceration – persistent, deep or melting
- Corneal diseases requiring corneal surgery
- Blunt or penetrating ocular trauma
- Lens luxation
- Neoplasia of the eye
- Screening of hereditary eye diseases in breeding animals (ACES)
ACES Information for Owners
Australian Canine Eye Scheme (eye testing in dogs):
All the necessary information is available on the AVA website, but recommend that inform client about the main points highlighted in green.
Recommend owner/breeder to access information available in “Information for Owners” and “Rules and Procedures” on the public access section of the AVA website: www.ava.com.au
[About Us – Programs - Australian Canine Eye Scheme – Information for Owners – “documents MUST BE brought into consultation”]
- Suggested $80 per dog
Suggested $40 per puppy (8-12 weeks of age) + $12 per litter certificate
Owner Must Bring:
- Dog or puppy that have been microchipped or tattooed (identification details must be confirmed by microchip reader or a clearly legible tattoo number prior to eye examination).
- Details of ownership including: name of owner, address, postcode, state, contact phone number and mobile phone number. The name of the owner’s own veterinary practice may also be included on the form (optional).
- Original registration certificate issued by an Australian State Canine Control, endorsed with a record of permanent identification (microchip or tattoo). NB: In Queensland, the record of microchip details with number is adequate.
- Any previous eye certificates issued by a qualified veterinary eye specialist in Australia or overseas.
- Any formal transcript of any genetic test results (eye conditions only) issued by a recognized DNA testing laboratory, that the owner wishes to see included in the ANKC’s multi-breed inherited disease database.
- For litter screening (unless individual registrations are at hand), a copy of the Application for Litter Registration form showing registration details of both sire and dam, including a signed Certificate of Service. (Registration details of individual pups may be included if already available, but are not required as microchip identification will suffice).
Litter screening can only be performed on pups up to twelve (12) weeks of age – ideally 8-12 weeks. All puppies are screened for the presence of inherited/congenital diseases and their results will be recorded on the
same litter screening certificate.
- NOTE for animals which have had a change of ownership, the owner is to bring the Change of ownership documentation or original export certificate issued by country of origin.
- NOTE for animals that have been imported outside of Australia, the owner must bring the Original registration certificate issued by the registering authority in the country of origin, endorsed with a record of permanent identification (microchip or tattoo)
If any of these documents are held but are not presented, the examination may proceed but results will not be made available (even verbally) and the certificate may not be issued until missing documents are sighted.
The Eye Exam:
Dogs/puppies will be examined first without pupil dilation, then Mydriacyl drops will be given in each eye to dilate the pupils. Approximately 20 mins later, dogs/puppies will be reexamined for abnormalities at back of the eye.
What to do with the Eye Forms?:
- Owner to complete form prior to eye exam (must be given assisted as each form costs $12 each!) or supervised by Edith if it is their first time filling out the form
- All documents must be sighted and signed by ophthalmologist at the time the examination. Identification details must be confirmed by a microchip reader or a clearly legible tattoo number by ophthalmologist
- Top white copy of the certificate to be given to the owner, middle yellow copy to be posted to AVA (within 14 days), and bottom blue copy to be retained and filed by ophthalmologist.
- Post middle yellow copy to the AVA:
PO Box 4257
Kingston ACT 2604
- More forms can be purchased from the AVA:
Adult or Litter Books @ $250 per book (25 forms/book)
Peta Horan c/- AVA ACT
PO Box 4257, Kingston ACT 2604
02 6273 0064
The results of a signed eye examination form are valid for one year.
Lesley Harrison Dip Phty, MAnimSt
If your pet requires physiotherapy, Lesley Harrison is an Animal Physiotherapist who attends the clinic once a week every Thursday afternoon for treatments. Please see the friendly reception team for an appointment!
The University of QLD Small Animal clinic is one of only a couple of veterinary practices in Queensland with a full time radiology team. Our team includes highly experienced veterinarians who work solely in diagnostic imaging allowing the Small Animal Clinic to offer an extraordinary service. Our radiology team perform and interpret x-rays, CT, abdominal ultrasound and fluoroscopy.
Drs Sean Surman and Carly Bloom are relatively new additions to the University of Queensland team. They have both finished 4 years of veterinary school, one year of internship, and a three-year Residency specialising on Small Animal Internal Medicine. They focus on diseases of the respiratory tract, urinary tract, endocrine system, liver, spleen, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, and blood, as well as the heart and the nervous system. Drs Surman and Bloom are well-trained in understanding subtle problems, complicated diseases, and multiple diseases. In addition, they are trained to perform and interpret many special procedures including scope and biopsy of the gastrointestinal, urinary, and respiratory tracts; placement of feeding tubes; organ aspiration and biopsy; bone marrow aspiration and biopsy; spinal fluid tap; and many more. Drs Surman and Bloom are happy to see your pet as a referral from your regular veterinarian.
Dr Lance Wilson BVSc (Hons), MACVSc (Small Animal Surgery)
From mass or lump removals, to cruciate ligaments, our surgical team undertake a wide variety of surgical procedures on a daily basis. With the assistance of a fully trained surgical nursing team and the input of the Anaesthesiology and Radiology teams, you can be assured that any surgical procedure your pet requires will be performed with professionalism and care.
Dr Lance Wilson will only see pets who have been referred. You may be referred internally through the UQ Small Animal Clinic’s General medicine service or if you have been referred from your local veterinarian, they will send through a history to our surgery team prior to your consultation. Surgery estimates vary widely depending on the procedure to be performed and the type of animal. Dr Wilson will provide an approximate estimate for the surgery your pet needs in the consultation. Throughout the surgery and hospitalisation process you will receive daily updates on progress and charges.