East Bentleigh Veterinary Clinic Open Day


clinic open day


On Saturday 2nd of March the East Bentleigh Veterinary Clinic hosted an open day to celebrate the completion of the clinic renovation .

To mark the end of the 3 year process of planning and construction many people and groups helped us promote the charity Vets Beyond Borders and raise over $6500  in donations. Both clinics continue to collect donations at the reception desks. We will pass them onto VBB.

It was an extremely satisfying day for all the staff and clients of EBVC who have been adaptable and flexible during building. At times it was even a bit tricky to find the front door. The result of the renovation is a marvellous, spacious and up to the minute modern veterinary hospital and we enjoyed demonstrating what our vets and nurses do on a daily basis. You can view photos from the day here.

We would like to thank Aaron Theige, the foreman who enabled us to keep working while he constructed the building in 2 phases around our daily routines.

Architect, Bruce Kirkman, brought to life the visions of how Dr. Damian and Dr. Michael wanted the building to function and flow.

Damian and Michael chose to mark the end of the construction with a focus on Vets beyond Borders. VBB is an Australian charity which provides veterinary services in India by building local veterinary hospitals, training local staff to be nurses, dog handlers and special surgery training course for Indian vets.

Damian and Michael

The VBB focus is desexing the street dog population and vaccinating against rabies. This is an effective programme which saves canine and human lives.The money raised will go towards purchase of medicines, drugs and rent, local staff wages of the Bylakuppe Rabies and Disease Control Project.

This is the project that our staff have been supporting for several years. Dr. Michael and Dr. Lisa from the Black Rock Clinic will be travelling there again in September this year to volunteer more of their time and surgery skills.

Vets beyond Borders


The $6500 raised by the East Bentleigh Vet Clinic and its wonderful supporters will continue training local staff as paravets, pay the rent of the hospital for a year, purchase and administer over 1000 rabies vaccines. It will also enable the VBB bylakuppe project to investigate new initiatives like employing Indian vets to continue the surgical desexing of the street dogs when Volunteer vets are not available. We anticipate the funds will ensure at least 200 dog desexings.

Introducing Sonam la. Sonam and her family live in the Bylakuppe area. Her vet nursing skills are superb and takes every chance to learn from the visiting volunteer vets. Sonam’s father has worked  as a chef and she takes on the job of preparing a marvellous dinner for all the project’s supporters each time a volunteer visits.

 Sonam la
Nurse Sonam la

There are so many people and groups to thank for helping raise such a significant amount of money.
We feel that the generosity is a reflection that VBB does great work and by using vet and nurse volunteers can ensure that every dollar goes directly to the care and welfare of the dogs of India.

We HAVE to thank everyone who repainted Annabelle with their hand prints. Annabelle got a bit bashed around during the building process, changed colour and finally went missing over the Christmas break. Not only was it fantastic to have her returned (after intense media pressure) but she is now an brilliant, local community work of art.

First thanks to all our staff over the recent years and on the fundraising day. Without Nurses Brooke and Nicole, who are organisational dynamos, we wouldn’t even have had an open day, a new cow nor such a magnificent donation to VBB.

Jo, Jane, Jade, Jordyn, Georgie, Amy, Aimee, Lucie,
Kris, Tarryn and Catherine

Cattery Kids
Aiden, Emily and Jack

Dr. Rob, Dr. Paul, Dr. Damian, Dr. Jo , Dr. Michael,
Dr. Lisa and Dr. Nadia.

Dr. Damian and Dr. Michaels families
Annie, Aidan, Felix, Lisa, Fin and Archie.

Partners and Friends
Greg house, Slavik Silka, Thom, Damo, Alan, Fraser, Janes Mum and Nan, Matt and Jenny

Donors and Supporters
Mark Amott from Southern Animal Emergency Centre
Ashley from hills
Amanda and mark from Pfizer/ Zoetis
Natolis Fruit Shop Centre Rd
McKinnon Pub
East Bentleigh Primary School
Valkstone primary school
Coatsville primary school
The worlds media for helping bring back Annabelle the cow
Bayside Companion Dog Training school


Nautilus Marine
Gossip Growl
Hills Pet Nutrition
Libby Smith
Espresso Elements
The Face Painters: Frances”flowers” Fairy Painting
& Teresa Barragan

Mikaela Radalescu

Silent Auction Donors
Vern Ryans
King Island Steak and Wine Company Highett
Six Keys Restuarant, Beaumaris
Home Hardware, Park Road and Gneil Family
Angela from Elanco
Judy Edwards and Cheryl Crawford for the Portland Weekend Away
Unleashed doggy daycare
K9 workouts
Emma Bartram, dog trainer
Charlies Cookies
Mordiallic Pharmacy
Lachlan the tradie
Gocrete concrete
Mrs Pletcher
Diamond dogs bakery
Tara from Lyppard
Eugene from fitnflash
Tracey from bayer
Dr. Tony Mellor for the art work
Peter from Digitelle
Dorjee for prayer flag supplies
Builders: Aaron, Roo, Davo, Chris
Penny from Penpooches
Emily Mcoy photographer
Cathy Middelton – Photographer

All the hands that decorated “Annabelle” the cow.

Vets Beyond Borders Vets, Supporters and Motivators

Dr. Jenny O’Donnell, Dr. Alan Sheppard, Dr. Beth McGennisken, Dr. Kunal Nagaich, Dr. Sally Nixon, Mandy Lamkin, Dr. Lisa, Fin and Archie, Brian Petrovsky, Dr. Natalie Lowry, Dr. Catherine Schertze, Dr. Helen Byrnes, Dr. Mark and Kathy, Lesley and Rod Winning, Libby Smith, Chris and Kerry McGrath, Julia Clements.

In Bylakuppe

Tenzin, Baloo, Tractor Monk, Ani Samten and Dorje and their puppy caring little monk students, Sonam La and her family, Choden La, Sandup and Kelsang Tsering and their family, Karma la, Tinsotibet.org, Ngawang, Stephen Farrell and Manjula, Mysore senior constable R.M. Singh, Palden and friends from SAM, Gen Ghangri, Gen Tsewang Tarchin, Ayang Rinpoche, Shoaib Chadkhan.

Blessing to Dolkar Lhamo in her time of Illness

vets beyond borders supporters


Thank You.