Latrobe Veterinary Group is progressive – we don’t stand still.
We are always seeking improvements and innovations which allow us to improve our services to you & your pets.
We have been early adopters of several veterinary innovations. When we become aware of potential new ways to do things we research the evidence and make decisions about the inclusion of new practice policies based on this evidence and our extensive clinical experience. Some of the important changes we have led the way in include:
- Triennial vaccinations. Distemper, Hepatitis & Parvovirus (DHP) vaccinations for dogs have traditionally been given annually. There is strong evidence now that this is unnecessary and over-vaccination may actually contribute to some immune mediated conditions and allergies in dogs. We were amongst the first clinics in Australia to move to triennial DHP vaccinations. We do recommend the full puppy course of vaccinations and an annual booster at 15-16 months before triennial vaccines commence. Annual health checks are still important & kennel cough vaccines need to be given annually.
- Animal bio-mechanical medicine. The combination of chiropractic and osteopathic care for animals is still largely undocumented. Dr Kate Haines is a leader in this field in Australia, and hopes her meticulous records will be the basis for publications on the efficacy of this type of treatment in the near future. Recently Dr Ros Atyeo, ABM Veterinarian, also qualified in acupuncture, and with extensive rehabilitation experience and Dr Rachael Morris, ABM Osteopath have joined the practice, extending our skills in this area.
- Rehabilitation. We recognise that appropriate post surgical rehabilitation is one of the best ways to achieve good outcomes, particularly after orthopaedic surgery, and that many musculoskeletal issues can be managed effectively with good rehabilitation programs. Our team of ABM practitioners work alongside our surgeons to offer individual rehabilitation programs for all pets.
- Printed reports after every consultation. This is not common practice in veterinary care – but it makes total sense in helping ensure that you have the right information available when you need it.
- Extended hours. When we opened Latrobe Veterinary Hospital, we were the first local practice to extend our hours until 7 PM.
- Dog training and behaviour. Since approximately 2002, Latrobe Vet Group has had a Delta Society qualifed dog trainer running our puppy pre-school classes and working with all our staff to educate us in understanding the behaviour of our patients.
- Technology & equipment. Latrobe Veterinary Group is continually adopting new technology where it will improve our patient care and assist communications with clients. The latest introduction is SmartFlow, which helps ensure optimum care for our inpatients.
We also seek to watch & learn from other veterinary practices who are doing a great job. If someone has an excellent idea that will help our clients & patients as well – we’re happy to take it on board.