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Many pet owners love their furry, four-legged friends as if they were family. And like any member of the family, we want the very best service and expertise when it comes to medical treatments.

Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and everything in between can experience health issues and complications. From standard vaccinations to more serious conditions, you want the best in the business to care for your precious pet.

Finding a reliable and well-priced vet in Canberra can be a challenge. To help with this, we have read through our user’s comments and feedback, and come up with this list of the top three vets in Canberra.

Remember, if you have a favourite that isn’t listed here, please share in the comments section below.

What Makes a Top-Quality Vet?

Here are the traits we believe all the best vets share:

  • A true love of animals. A vet with a true passion for caring for animals is much more likely to deliver compassionate service.
  • All relevant qualifications. Becoming a vet is no easy task, and requires years of tertiary study and on-the-job experience. Ensure the vet you work with holds all relevant qualifications.
  • Reliable. You should know that when you book an appointment, the vet will be ready on time, every time.
  • Conveniently located. Ideally, the vet you chose should be located relatively close to your home or workplace.

Canberra’s Best Vets

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

Small Friends Veterinary Hospital

Small Friends Veterinary Hospital in Amaroo was a firm favourite among our readers. Headed by Dr Matt, this clinic is team-orientated, friendly, and home to a passionate group of fully-qualified animal lovers. Offering a comprehensive range of treatments, your furry friend is in secure hands at Small Friends.

Here’s what one of our commenters, indigoid, had to say: “I would (and have) drive(n) right across Canberra to take the Burmese there. His service has been nothing short of excellent.”

Another commenter, Inappropriate, shared the same enthusiasm, adding, “Matt doesn’t push the hard sell and supports any decision you want to make with your pets.”

Belconnen Animal Hospital

With a commitment to superior service and care, it’s no wonder the Belconnen Animal Hospital was another top pick among local commenters.

The team at Belconnen Animal Hospital hold the philosophy that prevention is better than a cure. As such, they endeavour to guide you as you care for your pets, so your furry friends live long, happy, comfortable lives.

“As well as great staff, they keep meticulous computerised records on the medical history of your pets that they pull up and reference at each visit,” wrote commenter DeadlySchnauzer. “We moved away from Belconnen a few years ago, but still make the long trek out to see them because we are yet to find a better vet.”

Commenter preacher agreed. “These guys are great. Rob, Wendy, Tamara and Katie are all very helpful, patient, and empathic to your needs.”

Northside Veterinary Centre

For more than a decade, the devoted team at the Northside Veterinary Centre have worked together to provide high-quality and personal service to Canberra’s pets and pet-owners.

Commenter Madame_Workalot drives over half an hour to take her pets to the Northside Veterinary Centre. “I have taken my dogs there for various ailments over the years, and have never been unhappy with the treatment,” she wrote. “They always take extra-special care and are polite, caring and compassionate. Well worth the 40 min drive.”

Your Experience with Vets in Canberra

Where do you take your pets? Share your experience in the comments below.


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Ian 10:48 am 09 Jan 12

I’ve always found Belconnen Animal Hospital (cnr Belconnen Way and Coulter Drive at Weetangera) very good.

thatsnotme 10:37 am 09 Jan 12

deltarider said :

LiamMarsh said :

Jan Spate in hall, good vet, very nice lady, super cheap. Sorry I don’t have a number for you. when you find her address/number don’t bother calling you just turn up to the clinic on a first there first served type thing.

In the interests of having all the information available to you, Jan Spate has been deregistered as a veterinary surgeon by the vets board due to incompetence. I wouldn’t take my pets to her in a million years.

Care to back that up with any evidence? There were certainly issues with Jan’s registration a couple of years back, however as this story from 2009 mentions – http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/tough-times-for-country-carers-of-creatures-great-and-small/1609481.aspx – she was re-registered back then, and the issues mentioned are nothing to do with incompetence.

Shazam 9:45 am 09 Jan 12

Jan Spate in Hall is basic but cheap and very thorough. Why spend $1000 when you can get the same type of service for $50 or $100.

We have two cats and two rabbits and love our animals but I think some people go a little crazy over their pets. If ya don’t give birth to it or marry it (or are born into it ) then it isn’t family, but haivng said that, our animals are much loved. The amount of money people spend on their pets is abominable!! $7000, seriously!! Think what that can do to feed starving people. More than happy to take the animals to the vet if they are sick but seriously, having operations and the like is more about you than the animal as you are just increasing their suffering.

deltarider 10:04 am 28 Jun 11

LiamMarsh said :

Jan Spate in hall, good vet, very nice lady, super cheap. Sorry I don’t have a number for you. when you find her address/number don’t bother calling you just turn up to the clinic on a first there first served type thing.

In the interests of having all the information available to you, Jan Spate has been deregistered as a veterinary surgeon by the vets board due to incompetence. I wouldn’t take my pets to her in a million years.

You should always seek the best veterinary care which you can afford. The bigger hospitals do have equipment and means available to them which small clinics may not. If the vet feels your cat needs regular check ups/blood tests, etc. to ensure the medication it is on and dosage is still appropriate and not harmful to your cat then I’d be inclined to doing just that. How much would you be prepared to pay for your child’s medical care?

pjcook 9:55 am 07 Jan 11

+1 for Jane Spate at Hall

sunshine 5:13 pm 06 Jan 11

i don’t know about the belconnen area however in all the yrs i’ve lived in canberra and no matter what suburb i always go to see either Malcolm or Karen @ Tuggeronong Veterinary Clinic in Fadden. I could not speak more highly of their caring compassionate natures – would trust them with animals no questions.

akinom 5:04 pm 06 Jan 11

Bad Seed – +1 for South Vet Centre at Narrabundah. The guy there is particularly good with cockies and other birds

Jim Jones 1:53 pm 06 Jan 11

Whatever, Conan – proceed on the basis of lack of evidence and make whatever assumptions you want.

I’ve had poor experiences on pretty much the same lines with these vets in the past, as have friends and acquaintances, and would advise anyone to avoid them.

I know exactly what the OP is going through and extremely pissed off that a vet would use old pets nearing the end of their lives as a means of extorting money from clients completely unnecessarily.

Bad Seed 1:05 pm 06 Jan 11

Not in Belconnen but we have used the Inner South Veterinary Centre at Narrabundah (next to the German Club) for more than 30 years for various dogs and cats and always found them great

ConanOfCooma 11:39 am 06 Jan 11

“…there are lots of medical conditions (for both humans and animals) that require constant, unchanging medication until death – and vets will acknowledge this.”

That information is not in the OP, so how can we take your word on it that these cats are experiencing similar issues?

“Doesn’t matter who you are, being gouged a couple of thousand dollars for a vet when you already have a firm diagnosis and know what is necessary is utter bollocks.”

It also doesn’t matter what you think you know, as at no point has the OP stated the nature of the conditions, and working off the data provided, the OP could be risking the lives of their beloved felines simply because they felt they were being hard done by financially.

I’m all for saving money, money is great, but not enough evidence has been provided to assume the vet is doing something shonky.

Madame Workalot 11:02 am 06 Jan 11

Another +1 for Tuggers Vet Hospital in Braddon. I have taken my dogs there for various ailments over the years, and have never been unhappy with the treatment. They always take extra-special care and are polite, caring and compassionate. Well worth the 40 min drive.

JessP 10:52 am 06 Jan 11

I would recomend the Brudine Veterinary Hospital located at the Corner Kingsford Smith Drv & Alfred Hill Drv in Melba (+1 for Lefty!).

Brudine has been great friendly, realistic and reasonable. Highly recomended!!

EvanJames 9:47 am 06 Jan 11

Agree with comments above about those large vet businesses where you see a different vet each time. We have had real trouble with that in the past, total lack of continuity of care which resulted in a dog with a broken leg dying of kidney failure (one of the many she saw put her on the wrong medication).

We see the bloke who operates out of his house in Ijong St, Braddon, now. We don’t get the gammut of x-rays and blood tests for every diagnosis. Seems OK.

taninaus 7:11 am 06 Jan 11

@Minion – +1 for Tuggeranong Vet Hospital – a small group of senior vets and they are picky about the junior vets that work for them so you always get good ones. They have been very good to me thorough my dog getting diabetes and various other health issues.

tiliqua 10:55 pm 05 Jan 11

@Minion #30 – I can’t speak highly enough of Malcolm McKnown, Tuggeranong Vet Hospital in Fadden.

cleo 10:15 pm 05 Jan 11

I’ve never taken a pet to Jan spate, but I have heard she is excellent, I live on the other side of town and recommend Peter Burgers in Braddon.

lucym 9:59 pm 05 Jan 11

Did you know that with some vet meds you can get scripts filled at human pharmacies? When our dog was prescribed heart medication it was very expensive to get it through the vet. I looked into options and found that Macquarie Pharmacy (which is a compounding chemist) was able to compound the meds for me at 1/4 the cost. Our dog was on the medication for 2 years and it saved a lot of money. We asked our vet for the script to shop around and they were happy to provide it. They also gave us repeat scripts at no cost.

Tainted 9:37 pm 05 Jan 11

Depending which part of Tuggers, Weston Creek Vet Hospital probably isn’t too far away. The vets are vet nurses are fantastic, really care about the creatures they are treating and don’t just try to get your money. We’ve used them for years for our dogs and cats and wouldn’t dream of going elsewhere.

Gin02 9:03 pm 05 Jan 11

+1 Small Friends in Amaroo.

It’s a bit of a hike but so worth it. All the staff are lovely, are more than happy to answer my silly questions, have no problem dealing with my excitable Staffy and actually care about the animals welfare instead of just getting the cash off you.

Minion 8:33 pm 05 Jan 11

Any decent vets in Tuggers? My aged puss hates car trips 🙁

When we lived in Ngunnawal, we always went to Gungahlin vets, they rock.

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