Wednesday, 16 November 2022 10:49

The newest vets in town bringing high-quality specialist care to Geelong animals

Geelong has recently become home to a new purpose-built multidisciplinary referral hospital called Geelong Animal Referral Services (GARS). The specialist hospital was created by Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgeons Dr Ricky Cashmore and Dr Adrian Wallace.

Dr Cashmore and Dr Wallace both have ties to regional areas. They built GARS in order to provide the people and pets of Geelong and western Victoria with a specialist facility and services previously only found in larger cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

“Growing up in Timboon I always had the desire to bring my training and experience back closer to my area. We just want to provide people and their pets with easier and better access to high-quality specialist services”, said Dr Cashmore.

Although the clinic has only been running since the start of September, they have already helped countless animals from around the state and even many from interstate.

A standout for Dr Cashmore was being able to help a racing greyhound called Jellybean who sustained a severe ankle injury. The team at Geelong Animal Referral Services helped restore normal comfort and function. This has enabled him to be rehomed as a pet.

“This was a really nice outcome. I think Greyhound Racing Victoria has taken a fantastic initiative on this front. They are dedicated to ensuring none of these racing dogs will be terminated due to injury. Trainers have also stepped up to the task, and the public appreciates that greyhounds make such fantastic pets due to their terrific demeanour.”

General Manager of the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club Ray Bartolo is grateful that the region has such a qualified team of vets on hand.

“The Geelong Animal Referral Services provides the utmost care towards the animals. We are so lucky to have a hospital with such extensive facilities, and the knowledge on how to care for a greyhound properly”, said Mr Bartolo.

The hospital will be offering an open day this Sunday the 20th of November from 10 am to 12 pm for local Geelong residents to learn more about what the hospital has to offer.
“We want to show people what is possible for their pets by giving them a chance to come and look at the facility in person. This open day is about letting people see behind the scenes, and showing the public how our team and facility are here to support the community of Geelong and its surroundings”, Dr Cashmore said.

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