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02 6291 7711
02 6291 7951

Address: Shopping Centre,
Hanlon Crescent,
Fadden, ACT 2904
Mon - Fri:
8.00am - 7.00pm
8.00am - 3.00pm
Sun/Pub Hols: Closed

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For Out of Hours Emergencies please phone the Animal Referral Hospital Emergency on 6280 6344 or Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service on 6225 7257.

Consultations by appointment

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If you have a veterinary emergency, please contact:


Animal Referral Hospital Emergency
Unit 15, 2 Yallourn Street

Fyshwick, ACT, 2609
Phone: 6280 6344

Canberra Emergency Veterinary Service
21 Crinigan Circuit
Gungahlin, ACT, 2912
Phone: 6225 7257


Please note we will be closed for the following public holidays.

If you have an emergency please contact one of the above clinics.

Monday 12 March - Canberra Day

Friday 30 March - Good Friday

Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday

Monday 2 April - Easter Monday

Thursday 25th April 2019- ANZAC Day

Monday 27th May 2019 - Reconciliation Day

Monday 10th June 2019- Queen's Birthday

Monday 7th October 2019 - Labour Day

Wednesday 25th December 2019- Christmas Day

Thursday 26th December 2019- Boxing Day


Welcome to Tuggeranong Veterinary Hospital

Tuggeranong Veterinary Hospital was started by Malcolm McKnown, and had its small beginnings as a branch practice at Canberra South Veterinary Hospital. After operating the practice at its original location in Whiteman St Wanniassa for about one year, Malcolm made the decision to buy the branch practice and relocate it to his new home in Fadden in 1983.

At this location the practice operated out of three rooms attached to his house. In 1987 two additional rooms were added but as time went on it had become increasingly obvious that the practice had outgrown the location. In 1996 it moved to a purpose built Veterinary Hospital at its current location in the Fadden shops.

From the original staff of one vet, Malcolm McKnown, one nurse, Vicki Douglas, and Malcolms wife, Kym, dealing with the management side and reception, the practice has grown to its current size with a staff of approximately thirty. In 2007 Karen Van Roy and Benjamin Black became partners in the practice. In 2012, Malcolm retired as a partner in the practice and in 2016 he completely retired.

We like to think that the practice has grown as a result of the level of care we provide to pets and their owners. We have always regarded it an honor that owners choose us to look after their pets and we hope to always live up to the expectations of our clients.

Compulsory dog and cat microchipping laws

As of the 1st of May, 2011, compulsory microchipping laws come into place for any dog or cat over the age of 12 weeks. For further information about microchipping go to or by calling Canberra Connect on 132281

Staff News

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Dr Heidi has returned! We welcome her back to the team.

Tick Prevention

Prevention for paralysis

We recommend having your dog on prevention against ticks at least for the

warmer months of the year, even if you are not planning to take your dog

down the coast, or travel to the coast yourself.

There has been a few cases in Canberra since Sept 2017 where dogs were

presented with signs of tick paralysis without a history of travel to the coast.

( Ref : Sept 2017, Canberra Times; Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service)

Prevention against ticks is much safer and cheaper than having to treat for

tick paralysis once signs appear.

Please talk to one of our staff if you would like advice on tick prevention.

If you found a tick on your dog, please contact us to arrange an appointment

for a check up, please also bring the tick in for identification.

If you suspect your dog is showing signs of tick paralysis, please contact us

straight away as this could be an emergency. If this happens out of our

business hours, please contact Animal Emergency Centre (Fyshwick, 6280

6344) or Canberra Veterinary Emergency Service (Gungahlin, 6225 7257)

Signs of tick paralysis

Weakness in the hind legs, which typically progresses to involve the



A change in vocalisation

Increased or laboured breathing


Excessive salivation

Vomiting or regurgitation

Clinic Updates

While no new newsletter is out yet, there have been some updates to individual articles in our newsletter section. New featured articles include information on chocolate toxicity and tips for good dental care, while the old favourites are those on the summer nasties such as tick paralysis, snake bite and grass seeds (and yes, they are a nasty).