Animal hospital needs help to grow

Lort Smith board president Barbara Pesel and Broadmeadows MP Frank McGuire. (Supplied) 232681_01

By Laura Michell

Not-for-profit animal hospital Lort Smith is hoping to raise $20 million to help fund a new hospital in Campbellfield and revamp its North Melbourne site.

A sod turning event for the Campbellfield hospital was held late last month.

According to Lort Smith, the hospital will become the second site to offer the organisation’s low-cost veterinarian services.

Lort Smith chief executive Fiona Webster said the North Melbourne animal hospital is the busiest not-for-profit animal hospital in Australia and is “bursting at the seams”.

“We have reached a critical point in our operations and we are bursting at the seams with demand continuing to increase, so we needed to grow to a second site to serve more people and their pets, closer to where they live,” she said.

“The community will soon have access to a brand new, purpose-built vet clinic, state of the art adoption centre and dog park for people to come together and enjoy the area with their animals.

“This second site represents our progress and forward focus, whilst retaining the legacy of our founder, Louisa Lort Smith.”

Ms Webster said that if Lort Smith can raise enough money the animal hospital in North Melbourne will undergo a redevelopment later in the year after the new Campbellfield clinic is opened.

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Laura Michell