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 has implemented steps to protect the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals during this unprecedented time. We are continuing to operate while complying with government direction. This includes increasing the level of cleaning across the hospital.

From Monday 30 March Lort Smith will continue to offer emergency, urgent and essential care to animals. Please call us to discuss your concerns – 9328 3021.

Our night hours will change. The hospital will close the emergency service at 10pm each night, to best manage our resources at this time. This change is necessary for us to comply with distancing recommendations and minimising risk to our community.

We now provide telephone and online consultations. Clients can speak with a vet instead of visiting in person. These remote consultations apply where the pet needs a non-urgent recheck for an ongoing condition, or if the pet is well but needs rechecking or more medication. Call 9328 3021 to book this service.

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They need you

When Sherman, the three-year-old
Dalmatian was first brought to Lort Smith,
he was not in a good way. He was coughing,
struggling to breathe, and running a high
temperature.

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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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Our stories

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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