Specialist services

Our specialist practitioners provide world-class medical care in surgery and internal medicine 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 then passed rigorous examinations that subsequently allowed them to be registered in Australia as a specialist in their field.

ARH offers a comprehensive range of surgical solutions for dogs and cats including orthopaedic, soft tissue, trauma, reconstructive and neurological surgery. Our specialist surgeons, Dr Jacob Michelsen, Dr Kieri Jermyn, Dr Louisa Ho Eckart, and Dr Rui Sul 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 injuries, fracture repair, limb deformity correction, arthroscopy, abdominal and thoracic surgery, reconstructive surgery, hemilaminectomy and ventral slot procedures for intervertebral disc disease, spinal stabilisation for fractures or dislocations and laparoscopic procedures.

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 CT, digital radiography and ultrasound provide the most advanced diagnostic imaging options available in Canberra.

Our specialist surgeons are assisted by a highly qualified support team. The integration of surgery with internal medicine, oncology, 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 specialist is qualified in both dog and cat internal medicine. He treats 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; immune; and joint disease.

The Internal medicine service at ARH Canberra, is led by Dr John Angles who has more than 25 years experience in the field.

The training and experience of our internal medicine specialist enables him 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 and CT 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.

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