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.
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 has been serving the people and animals of Melbourne and beyond for more than 80 years. 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.