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Veterinary Referral Hospital Dandenong

Proud to be part of the Animal Referral & Emergency Network


Emergency and referral services

36 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175

Open Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

1300 385 874
referrals@vrh247.com.au

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Emergency and critical care

If you have an emergency or are worried about your pet’s health, please contact us on 1300 385 874 and we can assess the need for emergency treatment. 

You don’t need a referral or appointment to attend our hospital in an emergency.

About VRH Dandenong


Welcome to our Veterinary Referral Hospital. Our state-of-the-art facility at 36 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong, offers around-the-clock emergency and specialist pet services.

Our experienced team, advanced surgical theatres, imaging suites and diagnostic tools ensure exceptional care. We collaborate closely with your regular vet to tailor the best treatment for your pet. Our comprehensive referral facility is dedicated to animals with complex conditions, striving for the best outcomes.

Count on our honest and approachable service, integrated with your local vet, for the well-being of your pet. Visit VRH Dandenong anytime – we're here 24/7!

   

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Meet our team

Our team members at VRH Dandenong are not just experienced leaders in their field; they are also compassionate, hard-working animal lovers.

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Dr Leah Wright

Emergency & Critical Care Specialist

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Dr Leah Wright

Emergency & Critical Care Specialist

BVSc, MANZCVS SAM, MVS Con. Med, FANZCVS VEMCC

Leah graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 and achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine (MANZCVS SAM) by examination. In 2017 Leah has completed a Master in Veterinary Conservation Medicine (MVS Con. Med.) through. Murdoch University. She then commenced a residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and successfully passed Fellowship examinations in Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (FANZCVS VEMCC) in 2022.

Leah began her career as a mixed practice veterinarian in Katherine, Northern Territory. A large part of her time in this role was spent undertaking community dog programs in remote indigenous communities. Leah left the N.T. in 2011, and began working in a busy small animal practice in Ballarat. In 2013 Leah’s love for learning lead her to an internship at the University of Sydney.

Leah took a break from clinical work to undertake volunteer work in Malaysian Borneo in 2015, and during her Master in Conservation Medicine, she spent 6-weeks at Healesville Sanctuary developing knowledge and skills in wildlife medicine.

Leah joined the Animal Emergency Centre, Hallam as a senior emergency veterinarian in 2015, and in 2017 she commenced a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at VRH. After completion of her residency, Leah spent 15 months as an ECC registrar at in another speciality hospital before returning to VRH in October 2022 as an Emergency and Critical Care Specialist.

Leah speaks about why she enjoys with at VRH:
“VRH has the most amazing collaborative approach to veterinary medicine. Clinicians across difference departments work together to achieve the best outcome for our patients, and there is always someone willing and available to bounce ideas off. The team are friendly and helpful, and the facilities are great.”

Leah particularly enjoys managing complex critical patients including major trauma, sepsis, endocrine emergencies and transfusion medicine.

Outside of work Leah lives with her partner, Tim and their 2 Dalmatians, Chayce and Clover, and 2 cats, Puddy and Tully. Both Chayce and Tully have been Blood Donor Heroes and saved the lives of many patients at VRH. In her spare time you’ll find Leah participating in triathlons and enjoys playing soccer.

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Dr Sam Long

Neurology Specialist

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Dr Sam Long

Neurology Specialist

Dr Long graduated from Melbourne University before undergoing his residency and specialist training in Glasgow in the UK.  Following his specialist training he undertook a PhD in canine brain cancer before moving to the United States to take up a position as head of the Section of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Hospital.  In 2008 Dr Long returned to Melbourne to establish the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital’s first ever Neurology clinical service and specialist training programme.

Dr Long left the University in 2017 to join CARE and establish Melbourne’s first private referral neurology service and in 2020 moved to VRH in Dandenong.  He supervises the training of one resident and one registrar.  His research interests are in the field of brain tumours, canine epilepsy, canine spinal cord trauma and canine degenerative myelopathy.  Dr Long as authored more than 30 papers and two book chapters.

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Dr Simon Choi

Neurology Registrar

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Dr Simon Choi

Neurology Registrar

Simon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and worked as a general practitioner for several years in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

He travelled back to Sydney to complete a Surgery internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush, followed by a residency in Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital through the University of Melbourne, which he completed in 2019.

He joined the team at Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2020 where he works as a Neurology Registrar.

His current research project investigates the use of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI for differentiation of brain tumours.

In the remainder of his time, he likes to exercise and go to the dog park with his Miniature Schnauzer, Gigi.

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Dr Sarah Helmond

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Sarah Helmond

Medicine Specialist

BVSc (Hons)
Head of Internal Medicine at VRH

Sarah Helmond graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001.  She worked in general practice for 5 years before moving to the USA to undertake a residency at the University of Minnesota in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  During that time she performed research into immune-mediated diseases and treatments for blood clotting disorders.  Sarah was awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010.

After Sarah’s residency, she went on to work as Clinical Research Fellow at Cornell University working in the Comparative Coagulation Laboratory. Following completion of this position she moved to California and worked in private speciality practice. In 2015, Sarah moved back to Australia initially working at a speciality hospital in Sydney, then moving back to Melbourne in 2018 to join VRH.

Sarah has a particular interest in immune mediated diseases, especially hematological (blood) diseases, prevention and treatment of blood clots and kidney disease. Sarah is passionate about providing her clients and patients with a high level of care. It’s not unusual to find her in the kennel of a patient giving them ‘an extra check’ or an extra pat.

Sarah speaks about why she enjoys working at VRH:
“I work at VRH because of the people. It is amazing to be able to work in the same building as specialists in so many fields. We are able to collaborate and work together to achieve excellent patient outcomes – we all learn and help each other every day. ”

Outside of work Sarah spends time with her family including 2 children, 2 fish and cat named ‘Mr Sparkles’. One of her favourite past times is looking after her garden.

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Dr Catherine Bovens

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Catherine Bovens

Medicine Specialist

DVM, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS

Catherine Bovens is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) for companion animals. Catherine is from Belgium and graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2005.

After a one-year small animal internship in the same university, she went to the UK for a three-year Senior Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust, obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2009. This was followed by further intensive training in internal medicine with a three-year residency programme at the University of Bristol in the UK. Catherine obtained her European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.

When deciding to move to Australia, it was very important to Catherine to find a hospital where she could work in such a way that she could achieve the best standard of care for her patients.

“I was keen to join VRH because it already had a good team of other specialists, including specialists in surgery and imaging, as well as a good team of vets to look after my patients out of hours. This gave me the confidence that I could do my work at the best possible standard.”

Catherine enjoys all areas of feline and canine internal medicine; her areas of particular interest include haematology, liver diseases and endoscopy. She has published articles in several veterinary journals, including the Veterinary Times and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has lectured in several countries. She has received awards for her presentations at conferences, including the Best Medicine Abstract at the UK National Veterinary Congress and the Best Case Report at the Small Animal Medicine Society conference.

Catherine has three cats, all coming from rescue centres, and outside work she enjoys exploring the countryside playing board games.

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Dr Lucia Yu

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Lucia Yu

Medicine Specialist

Dr Lucia graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2012 and worked as a general practitioner for some years before pursuing her passion in small animal internal medicine.  This career journey has included a rotating internship at the University of Sydney, followed by a small animal internal medicine residency at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital through the University of Melbourne, which was completed in 2018. Over the past four years, she has been admitted as a Fellow of the Small Animal Internal Medicine chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and completed a post-graduate degree of Master of Veterinary studies. She is currently completing a  post-graduate research degree (Master of Veterinary Science), investigating the dosing of oral radioiodine for treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats, as well as how the renal parameters change in this population of cats. In the remainder of her time, Lucia and her Labradoodle Henrietta-Coriander Yu enjoy long walks on the beach together.

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Dr Cameron Broome

Surgery Specialist

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Dr Cameron Broome

Surgery Specialist

Cameron is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993.  He then completed a surgical internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists before undertaking a surgical residency at Massey University in New Zealand.  Since then, he has worked in a number of private practices and Universities in Australia and overseas, including three years as Head of Surgery at the University of Glasgow.  Cameron has a keen interest in veterinary education and has been published on a range of topics. He is interested in all aspects of surgery, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and efforts to minimise the impact of surgery on patients.

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Dr Rob Turner

Specialist Radiologist

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Dr Rob Turner

Specialist Radiologist

BVSc PGCertSci MVS FANZCVS (Veterinary Radiology) 

Rob is a Massey University-trained veterinarian. He later did advanced studies in veterinary medicine (PGCertSci and MVS). After undertaking a residency in veterinary diagnostic imaging residency at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, Rob successfully achieved ANZCVS Fellowship in Small Animal Radiology in 2021. He is currently doing a PhD, investigating the ultrasonographic characteristics of the pancreas and body composition in dogs, particularly the distribution of visceral abdominal fat.

Rob is from Zimbabwe and has previously worked in general veterinary practice in Adelaide, Cairns and for a short period – Jaipur, India. He has been to India twice and to China to assist in small animal welfare clinics and to volunteer at the Animal Asia Centre in Chengdu.

Rob has particular interest in neuroimaging, vascular imaging, swallow studies, interventional ultrasonography and interventional radiology. Working alongside every department within VRH, Rob’s days are never predictable and are always full of interesting cases.

Rob speaks about why he enjoys working at VRH:
“I love working with the amazing VRH team dedicated to high-end veterinary medicine.”

When not at work, Rob spends time with his family and chasing after his two kids. He also enjoys running with his ever-energetic German Short-haired Pointer. Teka is a Blood Donor Hero and has saved many patients at VRH.

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Dr Lyssa Neilson

Veterinary Radiographer

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Dr Lyssa Neilson

Veterinary Radiographer

Lyssa came to VRH with over 10 years of experience as a radiographer, having previously worked at human hospitals before making the switch to the veterinary world.

She has an interest in MRI and CT imaging and has focused her career on these areas.

When Lyssa is not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her horses, dogs and cat.

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Dr Leah Bradbury

Specialist Anaesthetist

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Dr Leah Bradbury

Specialist Anaesthetist

Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003.  During this residency Leah was a awarded a Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination.  She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Following completion of her residency she returned to work in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years.  Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare.  Leah remains an adjunct senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University.  She is also actively involved in a number of education programs for both veterinarians and nurses.

Leah is passionate about all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and has a particular interest in perioperative pain relief and pain assessment.

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Dr Eleanor Holden

Specialist Anaesthetist

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Dr Eleanor Holden

Specialist Anaesthetist

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Eleanor spent time in mixed general practice in Lilydale followed by a small animal rotating internship at the University of Melbourne. After returning to the University of Queensland as a clinical anaesthetist for a few years, she undertook a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Eleanor became a Diplomat of the European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2017. Eleanor joined the VRH team in 2021.

Eleanor enjoys many aspects of her work but has a special interest perioperative patient care and multimodal analgesia including locoregional anaesthetic techniques.

When not at work Eleanor loves getting out in the outdoors hiking, taking photos and gardening.

Referrals and appointments

For emergencies, contact us by telephone on 1300 385 874. You do not require an appointment. 

To make a patient appointment with a specialist, contact our friendly team via phone or email. Please note a vet referral is required for most specialist appointments. 

To make a vet referral, contact us via phone or email, or fill out our online referral form.  If you have any questions regarding who to refer to, please phone our customer service team, who will help you or have you speak to a referral vet. We are here to help make this as easy as possible for you. Once we’ve seen your client, you should expect communication back regarding the consultation and any post-treatment needed.

   

    

Our services and facilities


VRH prides itself on delivering comprehensive referral and medical services for animals with severe, complex, or prolonged surgical conditions which require specialised equipment or expertise beyond that what can be provided by your general veterinary practice.

Our services include surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, rehabilitation, ophthalmology, emergency and critical care.

Our 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. 

    

Information for pet owners visiting the hospital

You need a referral from your regular veterinarian to see one of our VRH specialists. Appointments can be made by contacting a member of our reception team on 1300 385 874 or by emailing admin@vrh247.com.au. We have free onsite parking.

Please bring your referral letter with you as well as any other information, such as x-rays and current medication. Please enquire with our reception team at the time of booking in case there are any special requirements your pet needs prior to your appointment, i.e. fasting or withholding medications.

Depending on the nature of your pet’s illness, you will meet with either a surgical, medical or oncological specialist. Our specialists will discuss your pet’s history and assess their needs. Your pet may need to stay in hospital for further diagnostic work or treatment, so we advise keeping some flexibility, where possible, on the day of your appointment.

Our specialists will provide a complete range of options for your pet’s treatment, including prognosis and an estimation of costs. Our specialists will work closely with your referring veterinarian to ensure a coordinated approach is taken to your pet’s care.

Your pet may be required to stay at VRH for further diagnosis and treatment. You will be provided with a consent for treatment form, which will include an estimate of costs.

Throughout your pet’s treatment, we will keep you updated on their progress. We understand that you may miss your pet and be worried about them, and we encourage you to call for updates.

If you would like to organise a visit with your pet, please contact our friendly receptionists at any time.

Our team will discuss any costs with you before treatment takes place unless it is an emergency situation. Please keep in mind this is an estimate and costs can increase due to unexpected complications and prolonged hospital stays.


VRH requires at least 50% of the treatment estimate to be paid prior to the start of treatment, with the account to be finalised at the time of your pet’s discharge. We may ask for a progress payment during your pet’s stay in hospital. Please see our customer care team after each appointment to finalise your account. VRH accepts cash, EFTPOS and credit cards.

If you feel you will need assistance to pay your account, please speak to our customer care team as soon as possible. VetPay is a company that offers affordable finance options. For VetPay finance to be approved, applications need to be made before treatment begins, so please speak to our customer care team for information as early as possible.

    

Meet our team

Our team members at VRH Dandenong are not just experienced leaders in their field; they are also compassionate, hard-working animal lovers.

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Dr Leah Wright

Emergency & Critical Care Specialist

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Dr Leah Wright

Emergency & Critical Care Specialist

BVSc, MANZCVS SAM, MVS Con. Med, FANZCVS VEMCC

Leah graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 and achieved Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine (MANZCVS SAM) by examination. In 2017 Leah has completed a Master in Veterinary Conservation Medicine (MVS Con. Med.) through. Murdoch University. She then commenced a residency in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and successfully passed Fellowship examinations in Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care (FANZCVS VEMCC) in 2022.

Leah began her career as a mixed practice veterinarian in Katherine, Northern Territory. A large part of her time in this role was spent undertaking community dog programs in remote indigenous communities. Leah left the N.T. in 2011, and began working in a busy small animal practice in Ballarat. In 2013 Leah’s love for learning lead her to an internship at the University of Sydney.

Leah took a break from clinical work to undertake volunteer work in Malaysian Borneo in 2015, and during her Master in Conservation Medicine, she spent 6-weeks at Healesville Sanctuary developing knowledge and skills in wildlife medicine.

Leah joined the Animal Emergency Centre, Hallam as a senior emergency veterinarian in 2015, and in 2017 she commenced a residency in Emergency and Critical Care at VRH. After completion of her residency, Leah spent 15 months as an ECC registrar at in another speciality hospital before returning to VRH in October 2022 as an Emergency and Critical Care Specialist.

Leah speaks about why she enjoys with at VRH:
“VRH has the most amazing collaborative approach to veterinary medicine. Clinicians across difference departments work together to achieve the best outcome for our patients, and there is always someone willing and available to bounce ideas off. The team are friendly and helpful, and the facilities are great.”

Leah particularly enjoys managing complex critical patients including major trauma, sepsis, endocrine emergencies and transfusion medicine.

Outside of work Leah lives with her partner, Tim and their 2 Dalmatians, Chayce and Clover, and 2 cats, Puddy and Tully. Both Chayce and Tully have been Blood Donor Heroes and saved the lives of many patients at VRH. In her spare time you’ll find Leah participating in triathlons and enjoys playing soccer.

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Dr Sam Long

Neurology Specialist

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Dr Sam Long

Neurology Specialist

Dr Long graduated from Melbourne University before undergoing his residency and specialist training in Glasgow in the UK.  Following his specialist training he undertook a PhD in canine brain cancer before moving to the United States to take up a position as head of the Section of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Veterinary Hospital.  In 2008 Dr Long returned to Melbourne to establish the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital’s first ever Neurology clinical service and specialist training programme.

Dr Long left the University in 2017 to join CARE and establish Melbourne’s first private referral neurology service and in 2020 moved to VRH in Dandenong.  He supervises the training of one resident and one registrar.  His research interests are in the field of brain tumours, canine epilepsy, canine spinal cord trauma and canine degenerative myelopathy.  Dr Long as authored more than 30 papers and two book chapters.

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Dr Simon Choi

Neurology Registrar

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Dr Simon Choi

Neurology Registrar

Simon graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and worked as a general practitioner for several years in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

He travelled back to Sydney to complete a Surgery internship at the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush, followed by a residency in Veterinary Neurology & Neurosurgery at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital through the University of Melbourne, which he completed in 2019.

He joined the team at Veterinary Referral Hospital in 2020 where he works as a Neurology Registrar.

His current research project investigates the use of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI for differentiation of brain tumours.

In the remainder of his time, he likes to exercise and go to the dog park with his Miniature Schnauzer, Gigi.

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Dr Sarah Helmond

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Sarah Helmond

Medicine Specialist

BVSc (Hons)
Head of Internal Medicine at VRH

Sarah Helmond graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2001.  She worked in general practice for 5 years before moving to the USA to undertake a residency at the University of Minnesota in Small Animal Internal Medicine.  During that time she performed research into immune-mediated diseases and treatments for blood clotting disorders.  Sarah was awarded Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2010.

After Sarah’s residency, she went on to work as Clinical Research Fellow at Cornell University working in the Comparative Coagulation Laboratory. Following completion of this position she moved to California and worked in private speciality practice. In 2015, Sarah moved back to Australia initially working at a speciality hospital in Sydney, then moving back to Melbourne in 2018 to join VRH.

Sarah has a particular interest in immune mediated diseases, especially hematological (blood) diseases, prevention and treatment of blood clots and kidney disease. Sarah is passionate about providing her clients and patients with a high level of care. It’s not unusual to find her in the kennel of a patient giving them ‘an extra check’ or an extra pat.

Sarah speaks about why she enjoys working at VRH:
“I work at VRH because of the people. It is amazing to be able to work in the same building as specialists in so many fields. We are able to collaborate and work together to achieve excellent patient outcomes – we all learn and help each other every day. ”

Outside of work Sarah spends time with her family including 2 children, 2 fish and cat named ‘Mr Sparkles’. One of her favourite past times is looking after her garden.

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Dr Catherine Bovens

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Catherine Bovens

Medicine Specialist

DVM, DipECVIM-CA, MRCVS

Catherine Bovens is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM) for companion animals. Catherine is from Belgium and graduated from the University of Liege, Belgium in 2005.

After a one-year small animal internship in the same university, she went to the UK for a three-year Senior Clinical Fellowship in Internal Medicine at the Animal Health Trust, obtaining the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2009. This was followed by further intensive training in internal medicine with a three-year residency programme at the University of Bristol in the UK. Catherine obtained her European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2014.

When deciding to move to Australia, it was very important to Catherine to find a hospital where she could work in such a way that she could achieve the best standard of care for her patients.

“I was keen to join VRH because it already had a good team of other specialists, including specialists in surgery and imaging, as well as a good team of vets to look after my patients out of hours. This gave me the confidence that I could do my work at the best possible standard.”

Catherine enjoys all areas of feline and canine internal medicine; her areas of particular interest include haematology, liver diseases and endoscopy. She has published articles in several veterinary journals, including the Veterinary Times and the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has lectured in several countries. She has received awards for her presentations at conferences, including the Best Medicine Abstract at the UK National Veterinary Congress and the Best Case Report at the Small Animal Medicine Society conference.

Catherine has three cats, all coming from rescue centres, and outside work she enjoys exploring the countryside playing board games.

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Dr Lucia Yu

Medicine Specialist

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Dr Lucia Yu

Medicine Specialist

Dr Lucia graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 2012 and worked as a general practitioner for some years before pursuing her passion in small animal internal medicine.  This career journey has included a rotating internship at the University of Sydney, followed by a small animal internal medicine residency at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital through the University of Melbourne, which was completed in 2018. Over the past four years, she has been admitted as a Fellow of the Small Animal Internal Medicine chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, and completed a post-graduate degree of Master of Veterinary studies. She is currently completing a  post-graduate research degree (Master of Veterinary Science), investigating the dosing of oral radioiodine for treatment of hyperthyroidism in cats, as well as how the renal parameters change in this population of cats. In the remainder of her time, Lucia and her Labradoodle Henrietta-Coriander Yu enjoy long walks on the beach together.

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Dr Cameron Broome

Surgery Specialist

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Dr Cameron Broome

Surgery Specialist

Cameron is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Surgery. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993.  He then completed a surgical internship at Queensland Veterinary Specialists before undertaking a surgical residency at Massey University in New Zealand.  Since then, he has worked in a number of private practices and Universities in Australia and overseas, including three years as Head of Surgery at the University of Glasgow.  Cameron has a keen interest in veterinary education and has been published on a range of topics. He is interested in all aspects of surgery, but has a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery and efforts to minimise the impact of surgery on patients.

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Dr Rob Turner

Specialist Radiologist

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Dr Rob Turner

Specialist Radiologist

BVSc PGCertSci MVS FANZCVS (Veterinary Radiology) 

Rob is a Massey University-trained veterinarian. He later did advanced studies in veterinary medicine (PGCertSci and MVS). After undertaking a residency in veterinary diagnostic imaging residency at U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital, Rob successfully achieved ANZCVS Fellowship in Small Animal Radiology in 2021. He is currently doing a PhD, investigating the ultrasonographic characteristics of the pancreas and body composition in dogs, particularly the distribution of visceral abdominal fat.

Rob is from Zimbabwe and has previously worked in general veterinary practice in Adelaide, Cairns and for a short period – Jaipur, India. He has been to India twice and to China to assist in small animal welfare clinics and to volunteer at the Animal Asia Centre in Chengdu.

Rob has particular interest in neuroimaging, vascular imaging, swallow studies, interventional ultrasonography and interventional radiology. Working alongside every department within VRH, Rob’s days are never predictable and are always full of interesting cases.

Rob speaks about why he enjoys working at VRH:
“I love working with the amazing VRH team dedicated to high-end veterinary medicine.”

When not at work, Rob spends time with his family and chasing after his two kids. He also enjoys running with his ever-energetic German Short-haired Pointer. Teka is a Blood Donor Hero and has saved many patients at VRH.

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Dr Lyssa Neilson

Veterinary Radiographer

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Dr Lyssa Neilson

Veterinary Radiographer

Lyssa came to VRH with over 10 years of experience as a radiographer, having previously worked at human hospitals before making the switch to the veterinary world.

She has an interest in MRI and CT imaging and has focused her career on these areas.

When Lyssa is not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her horses, dogs and cat.

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Dr Leah Bradbury

Specialist Anaesthetist

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Dr Leah Bradbury

Specialist Anaesthetist

Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003.  During this residency Leah was a awarded a Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination.  She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Following completion of her residency she returned to work in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years.  Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare.  Leah remains an adjunct senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University.  She is also actively involved in a number of education programs for both veterinarians and nurses.

Leah is passionate about all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and has a particular interest in perioperative pain relief and pain assessment.

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Dr Eleanor Holden

Specialist Anaesthetist

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Dr Eleanor Holden

Specialist Anaesthetist

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Eleanor spent time in mixed general practice in Lilydale followed by a small animal rotating internship at the University of Melbourne. After returning to the University of Queensland as a clinical anaesthetist for a few years, she undertook a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Eleanor became a Diplomat of the European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2017. Eleanor joined the VRH team in 2021.

Eleanor enjoys many aspects of her work but has a special interest perioperative patient care and multimodal analgesia including locoregional anaesthetic techniques.

When not at work Eleanor loves getting out in the outdoors hiking, taking photos and gardening.