Established 24-hour facility, the Veterinary Referral Hospital (VRH), has relocated to Dandenong, as part of a $4.5 million-dollar project by the Greencross Limited Group to build the single largest purpose-designed veterinary hospital.
The Veterinary Referral Hospital includes an emergency department that provides Melbourne residents access to 24/7 pet emergency care when their regular vet is closed, as well as an extended range of top veterinary services.
“Our emergency teams will continue to provide the highest standards of care 24 hours a day for inpatients, including post-operative and post-procedure patients, as well as managing our dedicated canine and feline intensive care units,” Greencross Limited CEO George Wahby said.
The expansion will increase availability of referral services to the pet owning public across Melbourne, and the integration of emergency, intensive care, internal medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging services will raise the standard of care and further improve patient outcomes.
“A new 1.5 Tesla – MRI [Magnetic Resonance Imaging] is the focal point of the comprehensive imaging services at VRH. It is the first unit of this specification in a veterinary clinic in Melbourne; it’s the same as you could encounter in human medical facilities,” Wahby said.
The new hospital also boasts separate wards for cats and dogs throughout, 15 walk-in runs for larger patients and most significantly, dedicated ICU cat and ICU dog wards.
The referral hospital will act as an extension of the veterinary care provided by general practices, collaborating with the pet’s regular veterinarian during any period of hospitalisation and treatment to ensure best practice.