Melbourne’s pets in good hands at renovated Lort Smith Hospital

Melbourne’s pets in good hands at renovated Lort Smith Hospital

The country’s largest not-for-profit animal hospital has officially unveiled its newly renovated facilities, with upgrades set to provide the best possible care to Melbourne’s four-legged friends.

The Lort Smith Animal Hospital, located in North Melbourne, offers a wide array of services which suit the needs of the city’s community. They currently employ a team of over 100 veterinarians and nurses.

The unveiling of the renovated amenities was led by Lord Mayor Sally Capp, who said the work which takes place at the facility was compassionate and meaningful.

“I want to express the excitement and appreciation that our community has for the work that you do here. We understand how important animals are for humans and we are delighted that you are in the City of Melbourne,” Ms Capp told Lort Smith staff.



The upgraded facilities boast a state-of-the-art clinic, emergency surgery rooms, as well as shelter and adoption programs. They even support pet therapy initiatives across Melbourne, including in hospitals and aged care homes.

Existing on the same site for almost 90 years, the facility has come a long way from its beginnings as ‘The Hospital for Sick and Injured Animals,’ which was opened by two Melbourne women in 1936. 

But the Lort Smith hospital remains “steadfast in its mission” to provide unconditional care and ensure that “the bond between pets and their people remains unbreakable.”

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