Support services

At ARH Brisbane we believe that our diagnostic imaging, nursing, reception and intensive care services are the backbone of our hospital.

We go to great lengths to ensure we have the best team and equipment in these areas so that we can offer complete and cutting-edge assessment and treatment to all our patients.

ARH Brisbane’s diagnostic imaging suite is the most advanced in Queensland. This enables our specialists to obtain the highest quality images required for diagnosis, treatment planning and prognosis of your pet’s condition.

Onsite, ARH Brisbane’s imaging suite consists of:

  • 16-slice helical CT
  • DR Digital Radiography
  • Ultrasound

Images are interpreted by highly skilled clinicians and supported by specialist radiologists within the ARH group.

Two female nurses in blue scribs holding brown Dachshunds

Our ARH nurses are qualified, highly skilled, and compassionate people who will go above and beyond in caring for your pet.

We have dedicated nurses in surgery, oncology, internal medicine, intensive care and emergency and critical care, led by our practice and nursing manager, Emma Bennett. Emma has a special ability to create warm, diligent and successful team environments in which team members thrive and animals receive the best level of care.

ARH encompasses a specialist referral service and emergency hospital in one business which allows our nurses to provide seamless continuity of care to your pet. Whatever time of the day your pet is being treated, our nurses will strive to provide a comfortable and anxiety-free stay for your much-loved animal.

Our ARH receptionists are the welcoming face of our organisation and will support you during your time at our hospital. Our receptionists are highly trained and compassionate people and can assist with making and changing appointments, organising visits with your pet, providing information on hospital stays and connecting you with our specialists. They are also the resident experts in payment options, such as VetPay, and can process your insurance claims if desired.

At ARH we have a dedicated intensive care unit (ICU) which is open 24 hours a day all year round.


Our ICU team is highly trained to monitor and treat the most critically ill patients. They have access to state of the art equipment including invasive and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring, mechanical ventilator support and oxygen therapy, as well as the most up to date in-house blood testing machines for haematology, biochemistry, coagulation and blood-gas analysis.

Our team provides constant, close monitoring of all animals requiring ICU support and specialises in providing pain management, intravenous fluid resuscitation, blood transfusions, oxygen support and nutrition to patients. Their dedicated care can often be the key factor in a pet’s survival.

Our ICU is managed by Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) Director, Dr Monique Stanley, who is in turn supported by ARH ECC specialist, Dr Merrin Hicks.

Our physiotherapist, Sally Elsom, works with our specialists to enhance our patients´ healing. She provides in and out-patient treatment, laser therapy and the development of home programs for patients upon discharge.

Sally has worked as a physiotherapist for more than 20 years, and specifically with animals for more than three years. She recently completed a Masters of Veterinary Physiotherapy through the University of Liverpool.

ARH veterinary physiotherapist treating small white dog.

Some of the conditions where Sally’s skills can be beneficial include:

  • Orthopaedic – cranial cruciate ligament disease; fractures; hip dysplasia; elbow dysplasia; muscle/tendon injuries, patella luxation; degenerative joint disease
  • Neurological – intervertebral disc disease; wobblers syndrome; degenerative lumbosacral stenosis; degenerative myelopathy; peripheral nerve injuries
  • Back pain
  • Soft tissue and sporting injuries
  • Poor conditioning (e.g. following cancer treatments, obesity, cardiovascular)

Animal physiotherapy is an emerging area in Australia and we are seeing a range of benefits for our patients including:

  • Acceleration of the rehabilitation process and restoration of function
  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improvement of joint range of motion and muscle strength
  • Prevention of further movement dysfunctions or injuries
  • Optimisation of performance in sport and show
  • Maximisation of quality of life

Sally is available to treat both in-hospital patients and out-patients at ARH Brisbane. For more information on animal physiotherapy or to book an appointment, please contact our receptionists.

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