ARC Services - Dog Clinic

ARC Services - Dog Clinic

ARC is equipped with cutting edge technology and our specialists/consultants can offer gold standard diagnostics and treatment. However, if individual circumstances do not permit this, we are happy to formulate an alternative plan so that the best possible outcome can be achieved for every dog.

Patients who require hospitalisation have round-the-clock care provided by a team of emergency veterinarians and nurses. This allows critically ill dogs and those recovering from surgery to receive optimum care and pain relief. ARC has separate wards for cats and dogs, to minimise any stress associated with hospitalisation.

Internal Medicine

Dr Sarah Hill, Dr Ryan Cattin and Dr Fiona Park are all registered specialists in canine and feline internal medicine. They treat a broad range of problems such as gastrointestinal disease (including liver, pancreas and bowel disease), cancer, respiratory disease, endocrine problems (such as diabetes and thyroid disease), kidney disease and immunologic disease.

Our internal medicine specialists work closely with your local veterinarian to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. They receive referrals for patients that are acutely ill as well as those with chronic or ongoing problems. They are able to use their expertise combined with diagnostic tools such endoscopy, abdominal ultrasound, echocardiography, CT and MRI, to investigate the cause of a pet’s illness and to offer the best possible advice on treatment options.


Our specialist surgeon Dr Karl Mathis has expertise in all areas of canine orthopaedic, oncologic, neurologic and soft tissue surgery. We use minimally invasive surgical techniques (key-hole surgery) whenever possible so that patient discomfort and healing times are reduced.

Commonly treated conditions and diseases in dogs include:

  • Trauma such as fractures and dislocations
  • Cruciate disease – TPLO, CBO, TTA, Tightrope
  • Developmental diseases such as OCD, elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia
  • Spinal cord problems such as IVDD (“slipped disk”) and "Wobblers disease"
  • Liver and biliary disease including portosystemic shunts
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Many forms of cancer


Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging is vital for the identification, characterization and staging of canine disease. ARC is very well equipped with on-site:

  • Computed tomography (CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • Digital x-ray
  • Fluoroscopy (video x-ray)
  • Endoscopy 

The 64 slice Siemens SOMATOM go.Up CT scanner CT at ARC allows faster studies with consequently less movement artifact. This means that images are crisper and the identification of subtle abnormalities is easier. Interpretation by a specialist veterinary radiologist maximises the information gained through such diagnostic studies.



Dr Joon Seo is a veterinary cardiology registrar, trained at the prestigious Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He was trained to treat all species but focuses on cats and dogs at the Animal Referral Centre. His main role involves the diagnosis and management of various heart conditions in animals.

Joon currently provides consults and outpatient assessment on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. During other times, he works closely with our Emergency vets and Internal Medicine specialists to help provide a 24/7 service for cardiac cases.

Animal Referral Centre offers a full range of referral cardiac services including echocardiography, electrocardiography (ECG), Holter monitoring (24 hour or 7 days), pacemaker implantation, transvenous closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and pulmonic balloon valvuloplasty.


Hydrotherapy is the use of water to improve healing, function, stability and strength.  Using the properties of water within a controlled environment, your therapist can customise treatments for your dog's rehabilitation and wellbeing.

At ARC we use a Hydro Physio underwater treadmill for dynamic and static aquatic therapy.  The water is heated to between 28-32˚C providing thermal therapeutic benefits that help your dog to relax, ease muscle tension, reduce joint inflammation and increases blood and oxygen flow. Find out more


ARC is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. If you have an urgent concern with your pet, we can help at any time. The clinic is staffed by experienced, dedicated emergency veterinarians and nurses supported by veterinary specialists. We are able to care for dogs who need a high level of monitoring, diagnostics, and intensive care. 


What to expect

Your dog's initial appointment will involve a comprehensive consultation to help us fully evaluate your pet, plan any further diagnostic testing, provide recommendations for treatment and expected outcomes. We schedule long consultations so there is plenty of time to answer all of your questions.

What about breakfast?
Please do not give your dog breakfast on the day of their appointment. If they are under 3 months of age or have diabetes, please call ARC or your referring veterinarian for instructions. Water should always be available.

How can I pay?
ARC accepts cash, EFTPOS, bank transfer, Mastercard and VISA. If finance or a playment plan is needed then we can help you organise this through Petfunders. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Announcement: ARC remains open 24-7 to provide specialist and emergency veterinary care. To allow appropriate social distancing within the hospital, we are allowing ONE person to accompany each pet inside. We request that clients entering the hospital wear a mask. If you have any questions please phone us on (09) 2815 815.