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02 6291 7711
02 6291 7951

Address: Shopping Centre,
Hanlon Crescent,
Fadden, ACT 2904
Mon - Fri:
8.00am - 7.00pm
8.00am - 5.00pm
Sun/Pub Hols: Closed

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For Out of Hours Emergencies please phone the Animal Emergency Center on 6280 6344.

Consultations by appointment

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We are sorry to inconvenience you but we will be closed on the following days:


Monday 5th October


If you have a veterinary emergency, please contact:


The Animal Emergency Center


Unit 15, 2 Yallourn Street

Fyshwick, A.C.T, 2609

Phone: 6280-6344

Welcome to Tuggeranong Veterinary Hospital

Tuggeranong Veterinary Hospital was started by Malcolm McKnown, and had its small beginnings as a branch practice at Canberra South Veterinary Hospital. After operating the practice at its original location in Whiteman St Wanniassa for about one year, Malcolm made the decision to buy the branch practice and relocate it to his new home in Fadden in 1983.

At this location the practice operated out of three rooms attached to his house. In 1987 two additional rooms were added but as time went on it had become increasingly obvious that the practice had outgrown the location. In 1996 it moved to a purpose built Veterinary Hospital at its current location in the Fadden shops.

From the original staff of one vet, Malcolm McKnown, one nurse, Vicki Douglas, and Malcolms wife, Kym, dealing with the management side and reception, the practice has grown to its current size with a staff of approximately thirty. In 2007 Karen Van Roy and Benjamin Black became partners in the practice. In 2012, Malcolm retired as a partner in the practice but continues to work part-time.

We like to think that the practice has grown as a result of the level of care we provide to pets and their owners. We have always regarded it an honor that owners choose us to look after their pets and we hope to always live up to the expectations of our clients.

Compulsory dog and cat microchipping laws

As of the 1st of May, 2011, compulsory microchipping laws come into place for any dog or cat over the age of 12 weeks. For further information about microchipping go to or by calling Canberra Connect on 132281

Staff News

Finally, the long awaited staff update! Wow, a lot has changed since the last one. Congratulations to Steff who last year completed her Certificate 4 in Veterinary Nursing. Well done, you worked hard for it. Our 3 newest nurses, Annika, Tam and Bronte are still working hard to complete their certificates, but not long to go now. Also, Lachlan, who has worked hard behind the scenes cleaning cages, has graduated to reception duties (amongst his University Study anyway). So, feel free to introduce yourself to him, just dont give him a hard time. On the return front, Joyce is back working with us after a year away working in Hong Kong. I'm sure we're a lot quieter in comparison. Emily also has returned to us from her round the world trip. We have Seonaid, Rachael and Yi Jiun back working after disappearing on maternity leave. Malcolm also has exciting baby news. He is now a proud grandpa! You can see pictures of his grand-daughter in his consult room. Unfortunately, we no longer have Isla our reception cat hanging out the front. She has been re-homed and is now living a country life-style an loving it.

Clinic Updates

While no new newsletter is out yet, there have been some updates to individual articles in our newsletter section. New featured articles include information on chocolate toxicity and tips for good dental care, while the old favourites are those on the summer nasties such as tick paralysis, snake bite and grass seeds (and yes, they are a nasty).