Specialist services

Our specialist practitioners provide world-class medical care in surgery, internal medicine, oncology and neurology, and will talk you through a range of treatment options for your pet.

Your ARH specialist will also work closely with your regular veterinarian to ensure a coordinated approach to your pet’s care.

Open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm, you will need a referral from your veterinarian to see a specialist. You can find out how to make an appointment to see a specialist on this site.

Our specialists have undertaken years of advanced training in veterinary medicine. After graduating as veterinarians they have completed internship and residency programs. They have sat and passed rigorous examinations that subsequently allow them to be registered in Australia as a specialist. Veterinary specialists are recognised by their peers as having the highest level of skills and knowledge within their field of veterinary medicine.

ARH offers a comprehensive range of surgical solutions for dogs and cats including orthopaedic, soft tissue, trauma, reconstructive and neurological surgery. Led by our specialist surgeons, Dr Lance Wilson and Dr Jarrod Drew, we take a considered approach to surgery and will provide a thorough plan to help ensure the best result for your pet.

Common surgical procedures performed at ARH include stifle (knee) stabilisation procedures for cruciate ligament insufficiency, fracture repair, limb deformity correction, arthroscopy, abdominal and thoracic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hemilaminectomy and ventral slot procedures for intervertebral disc disease and spinal stabilisation for vertebral fracture/luxation.

We are fully equipped with the most up to date surgical equipment and implants including:

  • Standard and locking, titanium and stainless-steel plates for fracture repair
  • Minimally invasive (keyhole) surgical equipment for arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy
  • External fixation implants for limb deformity correction and fracture repair
  • Ureteral stents and bypass implants for ureteral obstruction
  • Bipolar vessel-sealing technology for ligation
  • Stapling devices for organ removal

In-house access to high-field MRI, CT, digital radiography, fluoroscopy and ultrasound provide the most advanced diagnostic imaging options available in Queensland.

Our specialist surgeons are assisted by a highly qualified support team. The integration of surgery with internal medicine, oncology, neurology, diagnostic imaging and emergency and critical care ensures a seamless approach to your pet’s care. Exemplary postoperative pain relief and care for surgical patients is provided by our 24 hour hospital and intensive care unit.

Our specialists are happy to discuss diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence including a radiographic appraisal of any case.

Our internal medicine specialists are qualified in both canine and feline internal medicine. They treat a broad range of cases such as gastrointestinal disease (including liver, pancreas and bowel disease); cardiac and respiratory disease; endocrine problems (such as diabetes and thyroid disease); kidney and liver; immune system; and joint disease.

The internal medicine team at ARH Brisbane consists of Dr Elizabeth Dill-Macky, who has more than 30 years experience in the field, Dr Emily Cook and Dr Gemma Birnie.

The training and experience of our internal medicine specialists enables them to work with your local veterinarian to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. Our specialists receive referrals for patients that are critically ill as well as those with chronic or ongoing problems.

They are able to use their expertise combined with diagnostic tools, including endoscopy, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, CT and MRI, to investigate the cause of a pet’s illness and to offer the best possible advice on treatment options.

Our specialists are happy to discuss diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence including a radiographic appraisal of any case.

Our surgical oncology specialist, Dr Maurine Thomson, and medical oncology specialists, Dr Kathleen O’Connell and Dr Elizabeth Morgan, have between them nearly 30 years of experience in the field, providing a truly comprehensive veterinary cancer treatment service.


Upon seeing one of our oncologists further tests may be recommended for your pet and can include advanced diagnostic imaging such as radiology, ultrasound, CT or MRI.

Our oncologists will discuss all available treatment options and together you will decide the best course of treatment for you and your family. Oncology treatment is supported by our ARH specialists in medicine and intensive care to allow the very best outcome possible.

Our specialists are happy to discuss diagnosis and treatment of patients with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence including a radiographic appraisal of any case.

Our neurology service is led by Queensland’s only specialist veterinary neurologist, Dr Christine Thomson, who has more than 30 years’ experience in neurology.

Working with our surgical specialists, Dr Lance Wilson, Dr Jarrod Drew and Dr Maurine Thomson, our team assesses, diagnoses and treats diseases involving the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.

Common diseases include seizures (epilepsy), brain tumours, meningitis, vestibular (balance) disorders, tremors, movement disorders, and spinal cord problems like disc disease, Wobbler syndrome, syringomyelia and back pain; muscle diseases like myasthaenia gravis and myositis.

To ensure optimal care for our patients, our neurology team works with our colleagues in medicine, oncology, imaging and emergency/critical care, and is supported by a dedicated, highly trained nursing team and the physiotherapy service.

Our in-house MRI, CT, ultrasound and endoscopy diagnostic facilities allow us to investigate a patient’s problem and offer the best possible advice on treatment options. We have Queensland’s only in-house veterinary high field (1.5 Tesla) MRI machine, operated by our vets and human radiographers to optimise MR imaging, with diagnostic expertise provided by a specialist veterinary radiologist.

We are happy to discuss cases with referring veterinarians by phone or email correspondence.

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