Lort Smith. World class.

Lort Smith is an iconic Melbourne institution providing exceptional veterinary services for all pet carers. We aim to provide world-class animal healthcare and wellbeing services through high-quality vet care and state-of-the-art facilities. But we do more than that. We champion the human-animal bond and have a unique legacy of compassion for pets and people in our community.

Find out more

Lort Smith COVID-19 update

Lort Smith Animal Hospital remains CLOSED for emergencies and walk-ins from Monday 25 – Friday 29 October.

We are currently working to see our backlog of cancelled appointments and will remain closed for any other patients while we catch up on these urgent cases.

This means our emergency centre, hospital and surgery will remain closed as we still have limited staff that are available to work.

For alternative emergency hospitals visit:

We are working as hard as we can to get back up and running ASAP. Please refer to this webpage and social channels for updates.


Lort Smith continues to operate while complying with government direction. Protecting the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals remains our top priority.

All onsite staff and volunteers are required to have had their first COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated by 26 November.

QR check-in and wearing of fitted face masks are mandatory (unless you have a medical exemption) when visiting Lort Smith. 

Our focus is on being able to treat urgent and sick animals in the face of continued emergency demand.

Fewer routine appointments are currently available, however, telemedicine appointments will be available in some cases.

If you have an emergency outside our operating hours, please refer to our list of 24-hour clinics.

Please phone the hospital if you have any queries: 03 9328 3021.


Protecting the health and welfare of clients, volunteers, staff and animals remains our top priority.

We kindly ask anyone experiencing any cold or flu symptoms to please get tested, stay home and ask someone else to bring in your pet if it is urgent.

PS: We encourage you to prepare your pets for a post COVID-19 world.

Further info

Leave a Gift
in your Will

Let your legacy live on by leaving
a Gift in your Will to support
animals in need.

Learn more


Eleven year old Kobee wasn’t in the best
shape when he arrived at Lort Smith.

Read his story

Available for adoption

The Lort Smith Adoption Centre rehomes approximately 850 surrendered animals each year. If you are considering adopting a pet, the first step is to carefully read the ‘before you adopt’ section.

View our animals

Our stories

Countless colourful interactions occur every day at Lort Smith. While our community is incredibly diverse, we share one commonality – a love of our pets, and a deep respect for the human-animal bond.

Enjoy our stories