About us

Our Centre for Animal Referral & Emergency (CARE) is a veterinary specialist, emergency and critical care hospital in Collingwood, Melbourne.


Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our emergency and critical care service operates continuously for unexpected out-of-hours problems and critically unwell patients. Our specialists provide a unique, collaborative approach to optimising the management of your pet's health concerns.

Our Services

Surgery

Our surgery department offers a comprehensive array of specialised orthopaedic and soft tissue surgical procedures and services, including:

  • Surgical management of cruciate disease such as tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Urgent Spinal surgery service
  • Management of hip dysplasia, including total hip replacement.
  • Fracture repair
  • Management of neurological disorders
  • Oncological, respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal soft tissue surgery.

Our experienced team will communicate comprehensively with you to answer any and all questions about your pet's health. They will provide extensive diagnostic and treatment information to help you make informed decisions. Pre- and post-operative care occurs within our ICU facility, which provides 24-hour veterinary care.

Emergency and Critical Care 24/7

Pet Emergency? Call us on 03 9417 6417

We offer an emergency and critical care service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all public holidays.

Our experienced team of emergency veterinarians examine, assess and treat pets with conditions that require urgent, out-of-hours attention.

Signs that your pet may require emergency veterinary attention include:

 

  • Severe gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite)
  • Suspected toxicities, including rat bait, snail bait, chocolate
  • Trouble urinating
  • Snake and tick bite
  • Trauma-related injuries (dog fights, road traffic accidents)
  • Bleeding
  • Collapse
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Internal Medicine

Our internal medicine department applies advanced diagnostic techniques and experience to optimise the care of patients with complex conditions.

 

Our internal medicine specialists review all patient history and perform a thorough clinical examination. When appropriate, advanced laboratory testing and/or diagnostic procedures such as ultrasonography, CT, MRI, endoscopy or surgery may be used to help develop a more detailed picture of the patient's health. We work together with owners and their regular veterinarians to help manage their pet’s conditions with compassion.

Internal medicine encompasses:

  • Infectious disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology/urology
  • Cardiorespiratory diseases
  • Oncology

Diagnostic Imaging

Our emergency vet hospital in Collingwood is equipped with a large range of advanced diagnostic imaging equipment, and is staffed by an on-site specialist radiologist, to optimise our diagnostic imaging capabilities.

With diagnostic imaging capabilities, including x-rays, CT machine (recently upgraded to a 16-slice Siemens machine), ultrasound (Philips Affiniti 50), digital radiography and more, our team is able to provide detailed analysis and reporting into patient health.

We can also facilitate access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

 

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Dr Linda Abraham

BSc(hons), BVetMed, PhD, MANZCVS (SA Medicine), FANZCVS (Canine Medicine)

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Dr Linda Abraham

BSc(hons), BVetMed, PhD, MANZCVS (SA Medicine), FANZCVS (Canine Medicine)

Dr Linda is a registered specialist in Canine Medicine.

Linda graduated with a BSc (with first class Honours) from the University of London in 1991 and from the Royal Veterinary College London with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. After a short period in general practice, Linda commenced a PhD in bone biology at the University of London and moved to Melbourne to complete the research. She was awarded her PhD in 1998.

Linda remained in Melbourne to continue her clinical training as a resident in internal medicine at the University of Melbourne. After completing her residency she became a registrar in the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital, where she taught undergraduate veterinary students in small animal medicine whilst treating patients through the University practice.

Linda became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS) in 2000 and a Fellow in Canine Medicine in 2006. She has examined for the ANZCVS for both membership and fellowship examinations and joined the Board of Examiners in 2016.

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Dr Guy Yates

Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

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Dr Guy Yates

Specialist Small Animal Surgeon

Guy is an experienced specialist small animal surgeon and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, who maintains active clinical interests in soft tissue, orthopaedic and neurosurgery.

His former roles as Senior Lecturer and Clinical Head of Small Animal Surgery at the University of Melbourne, and clinical consultant at James Cook University, and ongoing positions as Senior Fellow within the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne and co-tutorship of the Continuing Veterinary Education program in surgery through the University of Sydney, have influenced the emphasis he places on a balanced and considered approach to clinical practice.  He values the academic and research aspects of the discipline, and has published numerous articles on soft tissue surgical, orthopaedic and minimally invasive surgical subjects.  Guy is committed to optimising veterinary surgical practices, with a strong focus on patient outcomes, through the progressive and considered application of available evidence and a well-structured approach to surgical training and continuing education.

After practicing in a number of the private specialist veterinary hospitals in Melbourne, Guy established the Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency in 2013. The Centre evolved with a genuine emphasis on achieving excellence in patient care and management, through the development of a cohesive and well-equipped team of like-minded specialists in complimentary disciplines. Guy believes that CARE is distinguished by this objective and commits his time, through clinical and operational practices, to its pursuit.

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Dr Brenton Chambers

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

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Dr Brenton Chambers

BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery)

Dr Brenton Chambers BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS is a registered specialist in Small Animal Surgery.

Brenton graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Queensland in 1994. He worked in a mixture of general, emergency and referral practices in North Queensland and in Melbourne for 13 years. He then commenced his residency training in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Melbourne in 2007. After completing his residency in 2010, Brenton remained at the University of Melbourne as lecturer in Small Animal Surgery and passed the Fellowship Examinations set by the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2013.

Whilst maintaining an interest in all aspects of surgery, Brenton has a clinical and research interest in minimally invasive surgery. He is currently writing his Master’s degree thesis on the effects of retractor modality on perfusion and nerve conduction during thoracoscopic-assisted pulmonary surgery in dogs. He has lectured and tutored in Australia, Malaysia and China in minimally invasive surgery. When not at work, he enjoys woodworking, photography and camping with his family.

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Dr Karen Brenner

BVSc(Hons) DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

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Dr Karen Brenner

BVSc(Hons) DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr Karen Brenner BVSc(Hons) DACVIM is a registered specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine and joined the CARE Internal Medicine team in 2014.

Karen graduated from the University of Melbourne, with first class honours, in 2003. After graduation, she worked in a small animal general practice in south eastern Melbourne for 2.5 years.

She then moved to the USA in 2007 to undertake a one-year, rotating small animal internship at Kansas State University. In 2008, Karen began a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the same institution and in 2011 became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Karen returned to Melbourne at the end of 2011 and since then has been working in private referral practice.

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Dr Sophie Haynes

BVSc(Hons) FANZCVS (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

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Dr Sophie Haynes

BVSc(Hons) FANZCVS (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

Dr Sophie Haynes BVSc(Hons) FANZCVS is a registered specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has been a member of our Internal Medicine team since CARE was established.

Sophie graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2002 with honours. She began her career in a small animal practice in Hall, ACT, where she worked for 2.5 years. She then travelled overseas to work as the emergency clinician in a large practice in Newport, Wales (UK).

In 2006, Sophie returned to Australia and joined the University of Melbourne as an Intern in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. The next year she began a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the same institution. In 2012 she became a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Internal Medicine.

During her residency, she completed a research project in which canine parvovirus DNA was identified in the bone marrow of cats using PCR. Since 2012, Sophie has been working in private referral practice in Melbourne. Her particular interests include infectious disease, cardiology and diagnostic imaging.

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Erin Gibson

Nursing Manager

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Erin Gibson

Nursing Manager

Erin Gibson, our nursing manager, is responsible for the CARE nursing team, as well as a dedicated member of our ICU team.

Erin began her nursing career in 2000, working in a mixed practice in the UK. She became a registered veterinary nurse in 2003. She remained in mixed practice for five years. Since then she has worked in both small animal general practice and referral veterinary practices as an emergency nurse, in both the UK and Australia. She relocated to Australia permanently in 2006. Erin has also had roles teaching veterinary nursing. She is currently studying for her Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care.

Her interests include further training and education, animal behaviour and she is a big fan of working dogs.

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