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Dr Arianne Lowe (right) and Receptionist Kelly Haslop chat before the practice opens. 24 March, 2018.


Dr Jessica Winsall and her dog, Narla. 24 February, 2018.

Dr Arianne Lowe in consultation with Mr Tickles, an Ecclectus parrot, and owner Elise de Rota. 24 March, 2018.

It’s different and sometimes I find contrast refreshing, which is why I love the exotics, because I love that I go from a little tiny budgie who’s sneezing to a puppy that’s bouncing all over you!
— Dr Arianne Lowe

Dr Fiona Starr. 23 December, 2017.

Dr Louise Grey (left) and Dr Arianne Lowe. 6 January, 2018.

The washing machine and dryer never stop at a practice like Brudine. 13 January, 2018.

Receptionist Kelly Haslop on the phone with a client seeking a last-minute appointment. 24 March, 2018.

It’s part of the job. You have to put on a brave face and put your thoughts and feelings aside, and think about the practice as a whole, and all the staff, and how your reactions are going to impact everybody else. So, you could be adding fuel to the fire and it’s not something you can afford to do.
— Receptionist Kelly Haslop

Practice Manager Bri Smith is working in reception today and, consequently, one of her duties is to fill prescriptions for things like worming tablets. 6 January, 2018.

Rachel Gill has brought Petey in for Dr Arianne Lowe to examine his eyes. 24 March, 2018.

Amber Waters (middle) and her mother, Neridah, listen as Dr Louise Grey explains medications and doses to be given to Turbo, Amber’s dog. Turbo was in earlier during the week for an invasive surgery to repair a significant spiral fracture to his rear-right tibia. 17 March, 2018.

Marilena Caputo has brought Coco to Brudine since he was an eleven week old puppy (in 2002). The now sixteen year old is feeling a few effects of aging but seemed quite content to sniff around. 24 February, 2018.

I’ve been seeing Coco for years; I remember giving it it’s puppy vaccinations.
— Dr Karen Viggers
Old dogs with few teeth. The ones that come in with their tongue hanging out because they’ve got no teeth left, and they’re just like a real senior citizen; you can imagine their little old man voice if they could talk. And I just love them.
— Receptionist Kelly Haslop

Nurse Chelsea Rose sits with Tiah who undergoes single-agent chemotherapy (Doxorubicin) to treat aggressive lymphoma. Tiah's owner, Tristyn eschewed an oncology specialist recommendation by her vet, Dr Fiona Starr; she preferred to use Brudine because she trusted the staff. 23 December, 2018.

We don’t achieve cure/recovery from lymphoma, rather we aim for good quality of life while maximising remission times.
— Dr Fiona Starr
She had a couple of days where she was off her food and she vomited once and that was it. She went from having very little energy and on the third or fourth day she was out being like, ‘Let’s go walking. Where’s my toys? C’mon, let’s play!’ Her quality of life after that first five days was back to being how she’d been six months beforehand.
— Tristyn Lowe (Tiah's Owner)
That was when the decision to euthanise was made. I got another six weeks of having my dog, and it was ‘her’ until that last week [when she succumbed to liver failure]. She was playful, she’d go and get toys and play with them, she was back to her normal self, which was really special.
— Tristyn Lowe [Tiah's Owner]


Closing time means sweeping, mopping and cleaning by Receptionist Kelly Haslop (right) and Nurse Skye Longley (left). 13 January, 2018.