Lort Smith. World class.

Lort Smith is an iconic Melbourne institution providing exceptional veterinary services for all pet carers. We aim to provide world-class animal healthcare and wellbeing services through high-quality vet care and state-of-the-art facilities. But we do more than that. We champion the human-animal bond and have a unique legacy of compassion for pets and people in our community.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Lort Smith is classified as an essential service and remains open (8:30am-10pm every day). Our routine wellness and health care services are slowly returning to normal, however our current priority is delivering emergency, urgent and essential care while continuing to comply with government direction.

Protecting the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals remains our top priority; which is why we kindly ask that you wear a mask when entering the building.

People must wear a fitted face mask covering both the nose and mouth when visiting Lort Smith (unless they have a medical reason).

We kindly ask anyone experiencing any cold or flu symptoms to please get tested, stay home and ask someone else to bring in your pet if it is urgent.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all make the necessary changes to keep everyone in the community safe.

PS: With restrictions easing, we encourage you to start preparing your pets for a post covid-19 world.

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Heidi's strength
to carry on

Attacked by a dog twice in her life.
The first time, Heidi lost an eye.
This time, she lost her spirit.

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Available for adoption

The Lort Smith Adoption Centre rehomes approximately 850 surrendered animals each year. If you are considering adopting a pet, the first step is to carefully read the ‘before you adopt’ section.


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Countless colourful interactions occur every day at Lort Smith. While our community is incredibly diverse, we share one commonality – a love of our pets, and a deep respect for the human-animal bond.

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