About us

At the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to your pet’s health and draw upon the extensive skills of the centre’s areas of specialty: internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, oncology, and behavioural medicine.

We understand and value the bond between you and your pet, and are committed to offering you and your pets the highest quality specialist veterinary treatments available. Our mission is to provide the best care to help your pets live healthier, happier lives.

Our centre houses some of the most advanced diagnostics, medical treatments and surgeries in Victoria. With state-of-the-art equipment on-site, we aim to provide advanced care for your pets and our patients.


At the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to your pet’s health. We draw upon the extensive skills of the Centre’s areas of specialty: internal medicine, dermatology, surgery, oncology, and behavioral medicine. We understand and value the bond between you and your pet and we are committed to offering you and your pets with the highest quality specialist veterinary treatment available. Our mission is to provide the best care to help your pets live healthier, happier lives. The Centre boasts some of the most advanced diagnostics, medical treatment, and surgery in Victoria.  We have state-of-the-art equipment onsite and aim to provide advanced care for your pet.

Our internal medicine specialists are qualified in both canine and feline internal medicine. They treat a broad range of cases, including gastrointestinal disease (including liver, pancreas and bowel disease); cardiac and respiratory disease; endocrine problems (such as diabetes and thyroid disease); kidney and liver issues; immune system problems; and joint disease. 


The training and experience of our internal medicine specialists enable them to work with your local veterinarian to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. Our specialists receive referrals for patients that are critically ill, as well as those with chronic or ongoing problems. They are able to use their expertise combined with diagnostic tools, including endoscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI, to investigate the cause of a pet’s illness and to offer the best possible advice on treatment options.


Our specialists are happy to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence, including a radiographic appraisal of any case.


Our goal at the MVSC surgery department is to provide the highest standard of care for surgical patients. Importantly, we interact with specialists in other disciplines to provide comprehensive specialist involvement in patient care. We offer a personalised service where communication with the surgeon is available from the initial consultation, immediately after the surgery, during the recovery period, and at the discharge appointment. We do not simply perform the surgery and move on. We provide consistent follow-ups until the surgical problem is resolved.

Clients are able to contact the surgeon on duty after hours if the need arises, and all surgical procedures are communicated to the referring veterinarian via a telephone call, an emailed/faxed report, and a mailed report. All the nurses in the surgery department are well-trained, caring, compassionate and will make your pet’s stay at the centre as comfortable as possible for both you and your pet.

During the initial consultation, your pet will be examined by one of our specialist surgeons and the relevant history, laboratory work and x-rays from your referring veterinarian will be assessed. If further investigations are required, these can usually be performed at the time of the initial appointment. One of our surgeons will then discuss your pet’s problem, and a surgical treatment plan will be formulated. The risks, possible complications, success rates and costs of the surgical procedures will then be discussed to ensure you are able to make a well-informed decision regarding your pet’s care. Our specialist surgeons are on-call for emergency surgeries should the need arise


At MVSC animal skin and ear specialists, our dermatologists are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and management of skin diseases in all species of animals. We accept referrals for a wide range of skin-related problems, including itchy skin (with or without visible disease), ear problems, nail disease and any kind of lesions or rashes on the skin, nose, mucous membranes and paws.

MVSC has the only specialist veterinary dermatologists in Victoria, along with two residents and an intern. Our specialists are Dr Greg Burton, Dr Rebecca Bassett, Dr David Robson and Dr Nicola Martinez. Dr Tian Chee Lu and Dr Madelaine Guy-Moore are our residents, and our intern is Dr Yuhan Wang. Together, they have more than 60 years of experience in referral dermatology. Our dermatologists are supported by a dedicated team of dermatology nurses who have a high level of training in veterinary dermatological nursing and are very caring and experienced. They each have a passion for helping animals and strive to offer the best care for their patients.

Our dermatology service also prepares and distributes allergy vaccines. These allergy vaccines are not only prescribed to patients of the centre, but to other specialist practices around Australia as well.

While we usually see dogs, cats and horses, our dermatologists are also called upon by Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary for specialist consultation/examination of exotic animals.


The diagnosis of cancer in your pet can be a frightening experience. The oncology team at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre, however,  is here to assist you and your pet through this difficult time. In order to provide the best possible care to our cancer patients, we offer a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic options, including:

  • Melbourne's only on-site veterinary MRI in private practice, which is the best tool for investigating the spread of tumours
  • Various chemotherapy options, ranging from oral medicines to injected chemotherapy
  • A specialised radiograph and fluoroscopy suite
  • Video endoscopy
  • Arthroscopy
  • Ultrasonography
  • Electrocardiography
  • Electromyography
  • Access to radiation interstate
  • In-house haematology and biochemistry and nearby support from a major veterinary pathology laboratory with fast turnaround times

We offer a combined medical and surgical oncology service and, as such, have the ability to discuss the case directly with the specialist surgery team as required. In many cases, both the medical and surgical teams will have a large input into the management of care.

Veterinary behavioural medicine (VBM) is a branch of veterinary medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural problems in animals. Behavioural problems are medical conditions and are often caused by neurochemical imbalances in the brain. If your pet is showing signs of behavioural problems, it is important to get them assessed. Treatment is effective and can help rebuild the bonds between owner and pet.


In dogs, the most common reasons for seeing our veterinary behaviourists are :

  • Aggression towards family, strangers or other dogs.
  • Anxiety  
  • Lack of Self-Control
  • Strange and obsessive Behaviours


Cats are presented to us mostly for:

  •  Litter box troubles and spraying
  • Aggression towards people and other cats
  • Over-grooming.


Birds, too, can suffer from high anxiety. This often shows through feather plucking or being excessively noisy. Many bird behaviour problems can be managed by paying attention to housing and routine, but some are so severe they need to be seen by a veterinary behaviourist.