The hospital is a partnership between Dr Lance Wilson (specialist surgeon), Dr Maurine Thomson (specialist surgical oncologist), Dr Kathleen O’Connell (specialist medical oncologist), Dr Elizabeth Dill-Macky (specialist in internal medicine), Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) and Veterinary Holdings. Veterinary Holdings is a joint venture between ARH Founder Dr Sarah Goldsmid, Dr David Simpson and Greencross Vets. ARH Brisbane is majority veterinarian owned.
Lance Wilson (UQ graduate 2000), has been providing surgery services to clients from western Brisbane to rural Queensland since 2009. He sees the new venture as an opportunity to offer the best level of care to clients and patients.
“ARH has several specialist centres and this will give us a depth of knowledge and experience to draw on. With this opportunity we’ve been able to create a great team with the same philosophy and mind set, with customer service at the very heart.”
As the current directors of Veterinary Oncology Specialists, Australia’s only specialist medical and surgical oncology team, Maurine Thomson (UQ graduate 1987) and Kathleen O’Connell (UQ graduate 2006) are equally enthusiastic about the potential the new hospital brings.
“With a dedicated chemotherapy room, exclusive oncology ward and advanced imaging we’ll be able to offer an exceptional standard of care for oncology patients. We have been planning the hospital for a long time and it’s exciting to be so close to opening.”
Elizabeth Dill-Macky (UQ graduate 1982) was a founding partner in ARH Sydney and has recently returned from the United States where she worked at a referral hospital in North Carolina.
“Given the complex nature of internal medicine, our seamless, single-business specialist and 24-hour emergency care should provide referring vets and owners with confidence that we will achieve the best possible outcomes for their patients and animals.”
The Animal Referral Hospital aims to provide veterinarians and their patients with the highest possible standards of veterinary care. We have five state of the art facilities, and specialists who are internationally recognised in their fields.
Our nursing staff are dedicated to the care and well-being of pets in the hospital. Our staff are all devoted pet owners themselves, and pets are treated as our own, with every effort made to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include
- Eight fully-equipped consultation rooms
- Dedicated Intensive Care Unit
- State-of-the-art treatment room
- Three state-of-the-art operating and ophthalmology theatres
- Endoscopy and wet procedure room
- Advanced onsite medical imaging suite including:
- 64-Slice Cardiac CT Scanner
- Superconducting High Field MRI Imaging Suite
- DR Digital Radiology
- Multiple cardiac & general imaging ultrasound systems
- Digital subtraction angiography fluoroscopy system
- In – house IDEXX pathology laboratory
- Physiotherapy gym including canine treadmill
- Separate dog and cat waiting areas
- Retail outlet for specialist products
- Clinical training unit
Specially designed wards including:
- Recovery ward
- Dog ward
- Kennel ward
- Cat ward
- Bird ward
- Exotic ward
- Isolation ward
The Animal Referral Hospital is a veterinary pet industry leader, running regular workshops and seminars to provide continuing education to our referring veterinarians and nurses. The Homebush hospital includes training rooms and an onsite seminar room which can comfortably seat 100 guests.