Every animal deserves to have a healthy life and to be loved. At Lort Smith we aim to provide animal healthcare and wellbeing services that are world-class – regardless of the financial circumstances of the pet’s carer.

As the largest and busiest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia, Lort Smith aims to become the leading centre of veterinary care excellence in Australia.

We have a talented team of approximately 60 vets and 90 nurses who offer a broad range of high-quality animal health and welfare services. The breadth of our experience is hard to rival.

The Animal Hospital has 11 wards, including an exotic and native wildlife unit. Our Adoption Centre cares for animals undergoing medical treatment and also provides shelter and fostering services for surrendered animals before finding them a new home. Lort Smith’s Community Outreach programs include a 380-strong volunteer program, a Companion Animal Loss Support Group and an extensive Pet Therapy program.

Lort Smith is a not-for-profit organisation that receives no ongoing government funding and relies heavily on generous donations from the public. We have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning all donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Lort Smith is an iconic institution that has been serving the people and animals of Melbourne since 1936. We have helped more than one million animals and ensured that quality veterinary care and the opportunity to share in the human–animal bond are accessible to all.

As community expectations increase in relation to the quality of veterinary care, demand for the very best services continues to grow. For too long, the focus of support for world-class excellence in healthcare has been limited to the sphere of human healthcare – but we have a bold vision to change this.

In March 2019, we launched the Our Future Is In Your Hands Capital Campaign, announcing two major projects that will help change the landscape of animal healthcare and wellbeing in Australia:

  • The redevelopment of our North Melbourne site will provide new and improved facilities, allowing us to expand our emergency and surgical services and provide even better and more complex veterinary care. This will also give us the opportunity to proudly contribute to advancing veterinary medicine in Australia.
  • A new, second site located in Melbourne’s north will extend our philosophy of affordable care for all. The new facility will provide high-quality veterinary care, community-based services and a purpose-built animal-friendly shelter. It will also focus on training veterinary nurses, placements for veterinary students, support for volunteers and a place for a community of local animal lovers to come together.