Laurie Doube
Lewis Vaughan
Mon-Fri 8.00am-7.00pm

Sat 8.30am-12noon


What's New


Come and Visit our New Vet

We have a new Vet here at Port Rd Vet Clinic.  We are sure you will all love him.

Dr Kevin Murnane, originally from Ireland, has just started this week and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their pets.

Kevin grew up on a rural dairy farm in the south west of Ireland and from a young age has loved animals of all shapes and sizes.

In 2000 he fulfilled a life long ambition by travelling to Australia and backpacked around the country and fell in love with the place and its people.

He moved here permanently in 2010 with his wife. Kevin lives by the coast at Brighton and you will find him most mornings walking his dog (Boycey a Labrador) along the beach.

What you can expect from Kevin?

He is passionate about providing pet lovers and their pets with fantastic friendly veterinary care, truly awesome service and astounding value.

He will always put your pet’s health and welfare first and endeavour to provide them with a safe environment when under his care.

Keep an eye on this space as Kevin will be doing some special Promos this month for you and your pets, as a welcome to the clinc.



Ratbag- Needle in the mouth

Ratbag, a 6 year old black male cat, had been off his food for a day and had vomited bile. Otherwise he was a bright, happy and purring young man. Cats are stoic creatures and do not tend to show their distress. General examination did not show any problems until his mouth was opened. At the back of the throat was what appeared to be a small steel bar going across his mouth holding his tongue down. X-rays under general anaesthetic revealed what appeared to be a sewing needle. The needle was embedded in one side but not the other so it was able to be removed relatively easily. Ratbag recovered uneventfully and went home the same day. Ratbag is now a healthy 11 year old senior and has not since attempted to eat any more of his owner's sewing needles.

Hettie walks again!

Hettie came to us as a paralysed dog. She had been walking the day before then gradually overnight began to lose the use of her limbs. There was no obvious reason for the paralysis, nor was she unwell in any other way. She was still able to move her head and tail. There was no evidence of a snake bite. The diagnosis was coonhound disease, a very rare disease who's cause is not fully known. So the plan for Hettie was to put her on fluids and keep her in the clinic to monitor whether or not she could urinate and defecate on her own. We also rotated her regularly so that she would not lay on one side for a whole day, thus avoiding pressure sores.

After almost a week of being in the clinic Hettie was able to urinate and defecate voluntarily when carried outside in a sling. She was still not able to move her legs. We decided to keep her on a mat in the staff room to help stimulate the idea of moving around with people in the staff room. She seemed much happier and began to eat and drink more on her own.

After two weeks Hettie began to jiggle her front legs. She couldn't use them to stand but was able to wriggle them when she was picked up. She would also wriggle them enough to make her fall over onto her side when she was sitting on her chest.

After four weeks there was much inprovement with the movement of both the front and back legs. When carried outside in a sling she would move her front and back legs as if she was walking but she was still unable to weight bear. When treats were placed in front of her she would shuffle her legs in order to move forward to reach them.



At almost five weeks she was able to stand on her front legs and move forward a couple of steps while her back legs were being supported in a sling. She was eating and drinking normally and trying to wriggle around to move herself.

After six long weeks Hettie was walking on wobbly legs. She was still not able to lift herself but she could sit up and walk after being helped to her feet. Laurie decided to send Hettie home once her progress had improved dramatically. Hettie is now at home living a normal happy dog life.


Coonhound disease is a rare disease and it can take up to many months for dogs to recover from it. Unfortunately some dogs never recover. Thankfully for Hettie with a lot of TLC and encouragement she recovered incredibly quickly.






Vet Nurse day at Monarto Zoo

Vet Nurse Day was in October and this year we were spoilt with a trip to Monarto Zoo and a chimpanzee experience. As we have been quite busy this year we finally got the chance to go in December. The day was sunny and warm and the chimps were out and socializing. The chimpanzee exhibit at Monarto Zoo is one of the best in the southern hemisphere. It was very impressive and as we sat there watching the chimps before going behind the scenes, the volunteer staff told us all about each chimp and their personalities and habits. The keeper soon came out and took us behind the scenes where we prepared a snack for the chimps and placed them around the back enclosure where the chimps would come out to discover their favourite snacks of fruits and vegetables hidden in plastic cordial containers to make it harder for them to get and to encourage mental stimulation.


The keepers explained their training and how they need to keep them mentally stimulated to keep them from becoming bored. The chimps are very well trained to present body parts such as hands, feet, chests and even “willies” to the cage wall for the keepers to inspect as a routine check up.

The keepers also mentioned that two of the females had been taken off birth control in the hope of a breeding program beginning soon.


Once the chimpanzee experience had finished we spent the rest of the day exploring the zoo and its many other animals that call Monarto home. For any other information on Monarto Zoo and the close encounter experiences they do click on the link below to go the website.


                       Nikki, Linda and Emma making snacks for the chimpanzee's



                         Gombe one of the male chimps sun bakaing on a platform



                   Nikki, Emma and Linda having some fun in the souviner shop.



                                                                                                       sh       Jazhara the seven month old lion cub. Her name means "princess" in African.




Lewis's Award!

Dr. Lewis Vaughan is an important part of the health care team for your pet here at Port Road West Croydon Veterinary Clinic. He works part time in the practice and full time teaching at Torrens Valley Institute of TAFE.

Congratulations goes out to him as he was awarded the "Teacher of The Year" award in the recent SA training awards. He has also been nominated for the national award to be decided later in 2011. We all wish him luck for the national award.



City to Bay fun run 2010

Linda and Emma decided to do their bit for charity and did the City To Bay 2010 Fun Run. They participated in theme – as the tortoise and the hare. They were so impressive that they were called to the presentation stage at the end of the event. See if you can recognize Linda and Emma from these photos.

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What's New


Come and Visit our New Vet

We have a new Vet here at Port Rd Vet Clinic.  We are sure you will all love him.

Dr Kevin Murnane, originally from Ireland, has just started this week and is looking forward to meeting everyone and their pets.

Read More


Ratbag- Needle in mouth!

Read about Ratbag, who ate his mum's sewing needle!

Hettie walks again!

Read about Hettie's road to recovery from coonhound disease. 



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