Why Choose Us?

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Our clinic’s philosophy has been born from a belief that modern marketing has gone too far and lost the actual best interests of our pets.

As a result, our group of like minded veterinarians established Southern Animal Health in order to return to a more balanced and sensible approach to both preventative medicine, and also the diagnosis and treatment of an unwell pet.

The other concern that has evolved of recent times are the exorbitant costs of after-hours emergency centres and specialist centres. Many “general practices” continue to reduce their hours and services, instead referring to these centres.

Our clinic offers extended hours 7 days per week, along with highly skilled veterinarians whose main areas of interest are advanced medicine and surgery. This enables our patients to remain within the clinic they come to know and trust. Our future aim is to become one of Melbourne’s only general practices to actually offer 24 hour care within our own clinic for inpatients.

The final concern we have is the ever increasing costs of general practice itself. With “modern marketing” draining many pet owners finances, often pet owners cannot afford insurance, and hence make “financial based” decisions when their pet actually suffers serious injury or illness. As such, our staff have encouraged all our clients to “give up” the excessive products recommended in routine pet health that we are unconvinced are beneficial, and instead use these savings to do something that really will help your pet one day: insure them!

We have shown thousands of pet owners how to get their pets insured, often just using the savings from products they were using, but didn’t really need. It is now becoming commonplace for pet owners to have insurance, and as veterinarians we are extremely happy when costs are not a factor when offering the best diagnostic and treatment options that are available these days to help your pet recover from serious illness.

The following is a summary of why you should consider using our clinic to look after your pets:

  • Open late 7 days per week (to help you avoid emergency centres!)
  • Soon to offer a 24 hour care service for our clients.
  • We offer routine and advanced medical and surgical solutions, rarely requiring specialists, performing many procedures in clinic that other clinics would refer.
  • Our Less is Healthier approach allows for long term healthier pets, also allowing for hundreds of dollars of savings per year by avoiding unnecessary product up-sizing! (refer to our Less is Healthier information on the home page).
  • We only employ experienced veterinarians who all communicate with each other. For any complicated case, we discuss, as a team, the best way forward. Hence you get up to 5 opinions! Yet you stay in communication with the vet of your choice.
  • At our clinic you are always welcome to ask for the vet of your choice.
  • At our clinic we encourage our clients to call with any enquiries and yes, you will get past the receptionist who will not just try to book you in for a consult, you will get to talk to one of our veterinarians!
  • You won’t just be satisfied with our service, you will be appreciative! Our staff love their job, and their interaction with our wonderful clients and their pets, and nothing gives us more pleasure than to help you when your pets need help!