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The Best Emergency and After-Hours Vets in Canberra

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Emergencies don’t always happen during regular working hours. And when it comes to the health and well-being of our pets, we cannot wait.

If you are facing an urgent situation with your dog, cat, or other pet, contact an after-hours veterinary hospital in the Canberra region. Emergency vets offer comprehensive medical services any hour of the day, any day of the year.

If you are concerned about your pet, don’t hesitate. Contact one of the emergency vet clinics listed below.

What Makes a Reliable Emergency Vet?

When seeking out a reliable after-hours veterinary hospital in Canberra, keep an eye out for the following traits. These will ensure your pet is in safe and capable hands.

  • 24/7 operating hours. The best emergency vets in Canberra are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That includes Christmas day, Easter Friday, and other nation-wide public holidays.
  • Qualified veterinary doctors. Reliable after-hours vets employ fully qualified, experienced veterinary doctors with ample experience responding to emergency situations.
  • A passion for pets. Pet lovers make the best pet doctors. Staff with a true passion for animals will give your furry friend compassionate, respectful, and ethical treatment when they need it most.

Agree with our list? What else would you add?

The Top Three Emergency Vets in Canberra

The following businesses are not rated in any particular order, but have been included based on our readers feedback.

Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service

Phone: (02) 6225 7257

The Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service operates every single night of the week between 6 pm and 8 am, including all weekends and public holidays. Their fully qualified, committed team offer a comprehensive range of services, from standard checkups to complicated surgeries.

The friendly veterinary doctors are proactive in their treatment of your pets. They are awake and waiting all night long, so your animals receive the care they need, when they need it – not tomorrow, not in a few hours’ time, but right now, before it’s too late.

Manuka Vet Hospital

Phone: (02) 6280 6344

Manuka Vet Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital. All after-hours calls are re-directed to the After Hours Emergency Centre at Unit 15, 2 Yallourn St in Fyshwick.

As pet-owners and lovers themselves, the team at Manuka Vet Hospital and associated after-hours facility are devoted to providing top-quality medical services to your animals. Their goal is to make you and your pet as happy and comfortable as possible.

Steve Connell at Kaleen Veterinary Hospital

One of our commenters, Ko., suggests finding a great vet doctor that does after-hours call outs. “Find a good vet who does afterhours call outs. Your pets will thank you,” they wrote. “When you have a distressed dog freaking out the worst thing you can do is introduce a stranger.”

Ko., uses Steve Connell at Kaleen Veterinary Hospital. “He’s been fantastic.”

Dr Steve Connell established the Kaleen Veterinary Hospital way back in 1978. Since then, many animals and pet-owners have benefited from the comprehensive range of services, and professional and respectful staff.

Your Experience with After-Hours Veterinary Hospitals in Canberra

Have you had to call an after-hours vet in Canberra? Share your experience below.

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water_lily 1:32 pm 26 May 13
pink little birdie 1:46 pm 13 Aug 12

I agree with Malteser

Malteser 12:53 pm 13 Aug 12

Pitchka said :

pink little birdie said :

Pitchka said :

pink little birdie said :

Msl said :

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

Yeah our vet is Geoff Boydell in Kambah. Last time we used the after hours service it was in the morning (sole operator starts late open late) but instant service (call – bring dog over). Our little kitty is getting old so she has lots of visits to the vet atm.

Sorry to hear that, on the upside, kitty will make a lovely satay chicken and cashew stirfry one day…

Kitty will be lovingly wrapped in her blanket, buried in the back yard and Roses planted above her.

Just hold that thought, depending on her breed, she can sell for a fair bit of coin… Exotic breeds like persions tend to get the best price, there meat is soft and tender. Tabby’s and your common everyday cat not so much…

Hit me up when she carks it, im happy to negotiate on price.

You’re a dick, shut up.

NoAddedMSG 12:39 pm 13 Aug 12

threepaws said :

EvanJames said :

It’s quite hard to make a dog vomit. The after-hours emergency places tend to be quite expensive, due to the nature of the care, what they do and how they do it.

Unfortunate that a stomach-full of food was diagnosed as a malady though. We go to a one-man-band vet, who does use the after-hours place, but is quite sensible about diagnosing things.

After an after hours incident with my dog and half a kilo of sultanas (potentially toxic to our canine friends), Google advised that the best way to make a dog vomit is Sodium Bicarbonate, which can be found in the laundry aisle under the name of Granulated Washing Soda. My vet confirmed this the next day when I took my dog in for a check up.

I quite simply don’t have time to write everything I would like to about the after hours vet in Fyshwick. Suffice to say it is well worth your while finding a good vet who offers some sort of after hours service. They are out there.

You mean sodium carbonate (washing soda), not sodium bicarbonate (which is baking soda.)

It may seem like a trivial differenence, but think about the difference between H2O and H2O2…….

JazzyJess 12:21 pm 13 Aug 12

The problem is that outside of normal business hours the Emergency Vet is your only choice. A few posters have obviously got ace vets that will make house calls but I certainly don’t. Last time I took miss kitty to the ER the receptionist advised it would be a $150 flat fee just to take her for a consult. Medicine, procedures etc would be on top of that. It ended up costing almost $1,000 for her to spend one night on a drip. I’m grateful the service exists but it seems to me that they do gouge quite a bit.

Pitchka 11:40 am 13 Aug 12

pink little birdie said :

Pitchka said :

pink little birdie said :

Msl said :

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

Yeah our vet is Geoff Boydell in Kambah. Last time we used the after hours service it was in the morning (sole operator starts late open late) but instant service (call – bring dog over). Our little kitty is getting old so she has lots of visits to the vet atm.

Sorry to hear that, on the upside, kitty will make a lovely satay chicken and cashew stirfry one day…

Kitty will be lovingly wrapped in her blanket, buried in the back yard and Roses planted above her.

Just hold that thought, depending on her breed, she can sell for a fair bit of coin… Exotic breeds like persions tend to get the best price, there meat is soft and tender. Tabby’s and your common everyday cat not so much…

Hit me up when she carks it, im happy to negotiate on price.

pink little birdie 11:30 am 13 Aug 12

Pitchka said :

pink little birdie said :

Msl said :

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

Yeah our vet is Geoff Boydell in Kambah. Last time we used the after hours service it was in the morning (sole operator starts late open late) but instant service (call – bring dog over). Our little kitty is getting old so she has lots of visits to the vet atm.

Sorry to hear that, on the upside, kitty will make a lovely satay chicken and cashew stirfry one day…

Kitty will be lovingly wrapped in her blanket, buried in the back yard and Roses planted above her.

Pitchka 11:22 am 13 Aug 12

pink little birdie said :

Msl said :

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

Yeah our vet is Geoff Boydell in Kambah. Last time we used the after hours service it was in the morning (sole operator starts late open late) but instant service (call – bring dog over). Our little kitty is getting old so she has lots of visits to the vet atm.

Sorry to hear that, on the upside, kitty will make a lovely satay chicken and cashew stirfry one day…

pink little birdie 9:14 am 13 Aug 12

Msl said :

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

Yeah our vet is Geoff Boydell in Kambah. Last time we used the after hours service it was in the morning (sole operator starts late open late) but instant service (call – bring dog over). Our little kitty is getting old so she has lots of visits to the vet atm.

EvanJames 9:43 pm 12 Aug 12

Hmmm, I have been discussing this with a friend who works in the veterinary field. Apparently, the “spoons” they use in surgery for animals are in fact more like ladles… they’re very big. So, a smallish dog with 7 ladle-sized spoons of matter in its stomach, that’s kind-of odd. It’s a wonder the dog didn’t burst.

threepaws 10:00 pm 09 Aug 12

gazket said :

I think the puppy would of choked if it tried to eat a sock. Find a new VET.

Absolutely untrue. I know a young labrador who ate a pair of children’s denim shorts, and the shorts were almost entire when they were extracted in surgery. Saw the shorts with my own eyes.

schmeah 8:46 pm 09 Aug 12

My dog was terribly sick last year, had to spend 2 nights .. or maybe 3, at the Vet Emergency Centre and 2 full days at the local vet undergoing constant observation. No surgery, but the bill topped $3000 … worth every penny I think. That said, when our dog was there we dealt with two vets. One was a cool headed middle aged woman who did her best not to frighten us about the seriousness of our dog’s sickness, the other was hysterical and ranting about all the medication she would need, the x-rays, the IV and how much it would cost .. I left thinking my dog was going to die but not before I spent 10K on saving her.

That said, I still think the ED vet is a very busy and valuable service run by dedicated people.

Little puppies never know when to sop eating food .. beagles and labs are the worst.

gazket 8:44 pm 09 Aug 12

I think the puppy would of choked if it tried to eat a sock. Find a new VET.

Golden-Alpine 8:27 pm 09 Aug 12

The problem is not all foreign matters clearly show up in an x-ray, it sounds like the Vet diagnosed something was there and based on your friends input that the puppy has a habit of eating sock erred on the side of caution. What if they didn’t do that and proposed that it could be just undigested food lets wait a couple of hours and the worst happened?

I suggest getting some pet insurance to make these events a little easier to manage.

Ko. 8:04 pm 09 Aug 12

Find a good vet who does afterhours call outs. Your pets will thank you. When you have a distressed dog freaking out the worst thing you can do is introduce a stranger.

I use Steve Connell at Kaleen. He’s been fantastic

threepaws 6:33 pm 09 Aug 12

EvanJames said :

It’s quite hard to make a dog vomit. The after-hours emergency places tend to be quite expensive, due to the nature of the care, what they do and how they do it.

Unfortunate that a stomach-full of food was diagnosed as a malady though. We go to a one-man-band vet, who does use the after-hours place, but is quite sensible about diagnosing things.

After an after hours incident with my dog and half a kilo of sultanas (potentially toxic to our canine friends), Google advised that the best way to make a dog vomit is Sodium Bicarbonate, which can be found in the laundry aisle under the name of Granulated Washing Soda. My vet confirmed this the next day when I took my dog in for a check up.

I quite simply don’t have time to write everything I would like to about the after hours vet in Fyshwick. Suffice to say it is well worth your while finding a good vet who offers some sort of after hours service. They are out there.

Msl 4:52 pm 09 Aug 12

pink little birdie

Are you saying that there is somewhere else in Canberra besides the Fyshwick vet that does after hours?

pink little birdie 4:31 pm 09 Aug 12

Our vet just does the after hours thing with a phone call before you come. He’s quite good.

EvanJames 3:25 pm 09 Aug 12

It’s quite hard to make a dog vomit. The after-hours emergency places tend to be quite expensive, due to the nature of the care, what they do and how they do it.

Unfortunate that a stomach-full of food was diagnosed as a malady though. We go to a one-man-band vet, who does use the after-hours place, but is quite sensible about diagnosing things.

Pitchka 3:06 pm 09 Aug 12

Im no vet, but i would have just stuck my fingers down the dogs throat and made it throw up.. I would have done it for half the price…

Seriously thoe…. It amazes me that the vet could not distinguish the differemce between a sock and food mass.

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