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Critical Care & Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine and critical care is part of life at Gordon Veterinary Hospital – the combination of being situated on a main road, within the tick paralysis belt and our extended opening hours means that we regularly encounter veterinary emergencies.We have staff, facilities and equipment dedicated to this very important discipline, which intertwines so well with the other strengths of the hospital.

Critical Care Staff

All of our veterinarians are trained and interested in critical care. David Owen receives a lot of our emergency work through our dedicated in-hospital emergency service. Chris Boulton has undertaken extra training in emergency medicine and is responsible for many of the policies and procedures in place to ensure treatments work smoothly.

Critical Care Facilities & Equipment

Our critical care areas are warmed and central to the hospital so that we can constantly monitor the progress of our patients. There is a large range of specialised equipment and materials needed for the quick diagnosis and treatment of critically ill animals. Here is just a small selection.

  • Anaesthetic machines
  • Ventilation unit
  • Breathing monitor
  • Nasal oxygen supplementation unit
  • Laryngoscope and emergency intubation kits
  • Blood pressure monitor
  • Oxygen saturation & heart rate stat machine
  • Laboratory for blood gas, coagulation and other critical care tests
  • Heating unit (cocoon heating system)
  • Suction unit
  • Endoscope (eg to retrieve objects stuck in throat)
  • Blood & plasma transfusion pumps
  • Emergency “crash” cart (emergency drugs such as adrenaline)
  • Critical care nursing staff

Blood transfusions are necessary in emergencies where a pet has lost large amounts of blood (eg trauma, internal bleeds or rat poisoning). We have a database of pets where the owner has authorised blood donation in emergency situations to save another animal. Click here to read further information about our blood donor database or email info@gordonvet.com.au if you are interested in your pet being registered as a blood donor.

Critical Care Scenarios

We see emergencies and critically ill patients for all sorts of reasons. Some of the more common scenarios are listed below:

    • Motor vehicle accidents can cause a whole range of serious internal (and external) injuries. Injuries to the nervous system cardiorespiratory and urinary systems can be rapidly life threatening and require prompt stabilisation and ongoing monitoring. Once stable the more obvious injuries such as cuts and breaks can then be addressed.


    • Ticks are a problem on the North Shore of Sydney. Animals can present in severe respiratory distress and may require very careful treatment with tick antiserum, oxygen, sedation and appropriate fluids and monitoring. Some animals will go into a respiratory paralysis and require ventilation (assisted breathing).


  • After surgery many patients require critical care to return them to normal health. Attention is given to many factors such as fluid balance, pain relief, antibiotic coverage, nutrition and gentle nursing care.
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Marianne Broeng
Marianne Broeng
23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
Lizzie Wei
00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
Eugenie Goodyer
Eugenie Goodyer
23:22 21 Oct 19
Very friendly staff. Wonderful care for all our animals A++
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
Newsha Amiri
Newsha Amiri
20:24 03 Oct 19
We took our dog there and Dr. David take care of his skin issues. he was so caring and professional.
Luxe Sydney Mum
Luxe Sydney Mum
06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
Lihong Xing
Lihong Xing
05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
Jeremy Tarbox
22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
Arezu A
03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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