Hunter Veterinary hospital in Rutherford
The RSPCA NSW Hunter Veterinary Hospital in Rutherford was completed in 2005, and aims to provide the highest level of veterinary care to shelter animals, private clients and cruelty cases. It treats shelter animals and strays, providing veterinary care for impounded animals on behalf of four councils. It is complemented by the RSPCA NSW Tighes Hill Veterinary Hospital.
The facility has two consultation rooms, two state-of-the-art operating theatres with four surgical tables, an in-house laboratory and an X-ray room. There are four dedicated isolation wards and four other self-contained wards that are suitable for isolating patients with infectious diseases such as parvovirus, cat flu, kennel cough and ringworm. There is a separate hospital area for animals belonging to private clients. The hospital also features a special, easy-access ambulance bay to transport injured or sick strays.
The hospital offers microchipping services, referrals to specialist services, and clinical advice and support to pet owners in the community. It is partnered with Cessnock City Council as part of a desexing program for the Cessnock community. It is also partnered with TAFE and the University of Sydney, and has hosted students from other universities across Australia for veterinarian and veterinary nurse training opportunities. In addition, there are ongoing opportunities for foster carers and volunteers to work with appropriate patients.
It also sells a range of veterinary retail products.
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