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I love my job and look forward to coming to work each day. I feel fortunate to be part of a kind team who support the bond between a family and their small friend – Dr Matt
I like to treat your pets as my own – Dr Melissa
I feel so lucky to be able to do what I love every day and be a part of an amazing team – Nurse Valerie
Some days I feel like I come to work to see my work mates. We’re not just colleagues but friends too. They really make the day fly – Nurse Josie
I love stepping into a genuinely supportive work environment and working together as a team to care for small friends – Nurse Amy
I love working at Small Friends because it allows me to form a connection with clients and their small friends. I really feel I make a difference in their lives – Dr Sally
My favourite part of the day is reuniting our hospital patients with their owners and seeing how excited both owners and their small friends are to see each other again! – Nurse Tara

WELCOME TO SMALL FRIENDS VET

WE BELIEVE THAT PETS ARE PEOPLE TOO

As pet owners, we understand just how important our pets are in our families. More »

WE KNOW YOUR PETS ON A FIRST NAME BASIS

Our commitment to continuity of care means that you will only ever be seen by one of three vets. More »

WE PROMISE TO ALWAYS KEEP IN TOUCH

If your small friend needs to stay in hospital … we call you at least twice daily with updates. More »

WE HAVE YOU COVERED, OUR HOURS & EMERGENCIES

When we are open and what to do when Small Friends Vet is closed. More »

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🦠Cases are up again so its "pets only" again!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While case numbers are so high in Canberra 📈we have decided to only allow small friends through our doors once again 🛑Although it's not how we would like it to be (but really, what is lately???) it worked well for us through the lockdowns and most people and their small friends found it pretty easy 😌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With such a small team and only one full time vet (Dr Mel has returned from maternity leave 👏🏻and is seeing patients three days a week, and Dr Sally will be starting her maternity leave in just a few weeks 🤰) if any one of our team contracts Covid-19 🦠or if Dr Matt needs to isolate 🙅🏻‍♂️we will almost certainly have to close our doors 😫We are taking this extra step to ensure we can stay open and stay here for you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We thank you for your patience and understanding 😊and hope everyone is staying well and enjoying a relaxing summer ☀️with their small friends 🐶🐱⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Dr Matt’s small friends, Fortnum and Graham, are sending our good wishes for happy holidays! 🐶🐱🐭🐹🐰🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻✨❤️ Thank you for your support, patience and kindness over the last year 🥰 We look forward to continuing to care for our community over the holidays and onward (opening hours below). We are looking forward to welcoming Dr Mel and Nurse Tara back from maternity leave in the new year and are excited to introduce some new faces 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 watch this space! Here’s looking at 2022!!!!!! Holiday Opening Hours: 26 - 28 Dec: closed 29 Dec: 8am - 6pm 30 Dec: 8am - 6pm 31 Dec: 8am - 4pm 1 - 3 Jan: closed 4 Jan: 8am - 6pm Consultations by Appointment Call 6262 2233 ...

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Josie 🐶 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is Josie the Nurse with Josie the Yorkie x Poodle! 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Josie is a 7 year old pup who came in for a dental and cuddles 🧡And Josie is an awesome nurse with bucket loads of kindness and skills 💙⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dental care can be difficult for some patients and their owners 😖 To learn more take a look at our information page on Teeth and Dental Care on our website 🖥(link in bio). We also offer FREE dental checks ✅all year round. If you are worried about your small friend's teeth (perhaps there's a smelly breath?💨) give us a call ☎️on 6262 2233 and we can book you in with one of our nurses for a FREE check up and chat 👏🏻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Amy's weight training 💪🐶❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Archie, the 6 year old Toy Poodle 🐩visited Small Friends for a dental. Whilst she was with us for the day she gave Amy an arms workout.......OK, this is what Amy reported but seriously, who got who out of bed for continual cuddles??!! 😉 Look at that smile - Amy was in poodle heaven 😍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dental care can be difficult for some patients and their owners 😖 To learn more take a look at our information page on Teeth and Dental Care on our website 🖥(link in bio). We also offer FREE dental checks ✅all year round. If you are worried about your small friend's teethy pegs give us a call ☎️on 6262 2233 and we can book you in with one of our nurses for a FREE check up and chat 👏🏻⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Grass seeds 🌾⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Last summer lovely Tiger Lily came to visit Dr Sally with a very sore eye 🥲On examination Dr Sally found a grass seed in Tiger Lily's eye 👁 Dr Sally removed the grass seed and owner Christine kept a close eye ('see' what I did there?) on Tiger Lily and brought her back for a check up ✅where we were happy to say all had healed well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whilst we are enjoying this lovely weather ☀️ picnics 🧺and long walks 🐕‍🦺please take care in long grass. Grass seeds can be a problem for eyes and long haired animals...if you do find yourself having walked through long grass please check your small friend's face and coat.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Too Much Sugar? 🐶 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lady Sugar (a long-haired mini Dachshund) came in for her dental and had a few extractions 🦷She was very sleepy 😴after her anaesthetic and enjoyed cuddling Nurse Beth. Beth couldn't get enough of Sugar ❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you worried about your small friends dental health? Click the link in our bio 📲to read our information page on Teeth and Dental Care. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Merry Morgan 😸 (nope, don't worry, not going with Christmas emoji's just yet...😉)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 14 week old kitten Morgan 🐈 came in for desexing. He was super smoochy and playful and his mum gave him not one, but FOUR toys for comfort 😍It made us feel good knowing Morgan had some home comforts to help keep him relaxed during his visit with us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When your small friend needs to come and spend the day with us, feel free to bring along whatever you think will make their stay easier (Disclaimer: this 'thing' can't be you 😆sorry...cages are only so big 😉)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Consultations Lockdown-style 🩺🪟🐶🐱🐰🐹⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is Milo and his mum Nada during their recent consultation with Dr Matt. Although Canberra is coming out of lockdown on Friday 👏🏻we are going to continue with our lockdown style consults for one more week ⏰The extra week will allow time for our staff to complete their vaccination schedules 💉and obtain greatest immunity 💪⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We want to thank everyone for your kindness, patience and understanding whilst we consulted in this way. We know it hasn't been easy for everyone (including us) and we appreciate the support whilst we do what we can to keep our staff and community safe 💛 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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No lockdown hair for Ginger 🐶🙅‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ginger is a 3 year old Groodle who came in for her annual vaccinations. She was beautifully groomed and brushed and had wonderful manners while she waited with Nurse Valerie for Dr Matt to get her injection ready! 😍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know keeping your small friend well groomed is not just a matter of aesthetics? 🤩 Matted hair can lead to skin and general health concerns. Grooming can be a lovely way to spend time with your small friend 🤗We stock a range of grooming tools and treats...which can convince less compliant pets that grooming is a good thing 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please call ☎️on 6262 2233 to "Phone & Fetch" whatever you may require. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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Feeling a bit nervous? 😬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you remember Nutmeg the Scottish Fold who featured on our Instagram last year? This is his sister Clove 😽😺Clove is a Ragdoll and she visited Small Friends recently for her desexing surgery ✅ Clove was feeling a little nervous so Nurse Josie 👩🏻‍⚕️made her a towel igloo 🏕 to hide in. Our wonderful nurses are always doing small things to make your small friend happy 👩‍⚕️❤️🐱⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you would like to learn more about desexing or owning a new kitten 🤔why not click the link in our bio 🖥and check out our very helpful information pages 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #smallfriendsvet #smallfriends #canberrapets #canberracats #canberradogs #dogsofcanberra #catsofcanberra #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #gungahlin #rspca_act #canberra #wearecbr #kitten #puppy #covid19canberra ...

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WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Rebecca Bishop

“We have been bringing our fur family to Matt, Mel and the wonderful team at Small Friends Vet for a number of years and have had nothing but fantastic support. They have helped us through tough times, given us great advice that we trust and are always wonderful with our two dogs and our two cats. They have never laughed in our faces when we bring our pets in unnecessarily and they are wonderful when the pets are in for longer stays. We are extremely grateful that they are part of our extended family and help us take care of our fur babies. Thank you Matt, Mel, Sally, Tara, Valerie, Josie and Danielle.
If you are looking for a vet in Canberra, you don’t have to look any further.”
Rebecca Bishop

 

The Duff Family

“There are so many positives about this amazing small practice. You are not just a number. They go above and beyond to take care of your family pets. They do not overcharge or do unnecessary testing or treatment. They explain things so that we understand them and they always double check to see if we have any other concerns. The doctors, nurses and staff are always friendly and accommodating. You never feel rushed and they take their time with you. I especially love the follow up phone calls after any procedure or if your family pet has been unwell, to see how they are going and if we have any further questions.”
The Duff Family

Mark and Ros McLennan

“The team at Small Friends Vet have been with us every step of the way with our dog Saki. They are ethical and skilled vets but, more importantly, are generous in sharing their knowledge about how best to care for our newest family member. They have been with us through all his ups and downs!
Saki always looks forward to his visits and the love and attention he gets makes a trip to the vet much more enjoyable.
Small Friends isn’t just a vet, they are actually a part of our family!”
 Jess and Mark

Ellie, Lexi, (late Tess), Chris & Bob

“After almost 15 years we still love visiting Small Friends Vet. All staff over this time are consistently caring, friendly, helpful & supportive of our small friends and Bob and I.
We will always support them as they are passionate about working together like family and never just about doing the job and taking our money.
The best vets we have ever used.”
 Ellie, Lexi, (late Tess), Chris & Bob

Anna, Al and Max

“My partner, Al and I have an almost 3yr old male Australian Bulldog named Max. We have been going to see Small Friends Vet in Amaroo since moving to the area. Max usually sees Dr Matt during a visit. Dr Matt and his staff are always very welcoming and friendly which definitely helps Max feel more comfortable as he has a little anxiety. The reception staff are always keen for a pat with Max and there are never any issues with receipts and clinical notes emailed to us promptly to us for our pet insurance. Dr Matt always puts Max at ease during a visit with his friendly and easy going attitude and conveys his findings to us in very easy to understand “non-vet” language.
We could not recommend Small Friends Vet enough. The staff and service provided are second to none and definitely the best we have found in our years of fur baby parenthood.”
 Anna, Al and Max

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Nutmeg Cran

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Beau Bowen

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We service Amaroo, Ngunnawal, Moncreiff, Nicholls, Forde, Bonner, Gungahlin, Palmerston, Harrison, Throsby, Taylor, Casey, Jacka, Franklin, Crace and the wider Canberra community. We offer Health checks, General Consultations, Vaccinations, Desexing, General Surgery, Radiograhy, Export Services and so much more. For general information you may find our Information Pages helpful. For further assistance please call us on 6262 2233. We’d love to meet you and your small friend.