Dr Matthew Almond
BVSc MACVSc (Small Animal Medicine)
Consultations by Appointment
02 6262 2233
9 Carstairs Circuit Amaroo ACT 2914
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6:30pm Sat 8:30am-1pm

About Small Friends Veterinary Hospital Amaroo

How do we all fit together?

Dr Matt is ultimately responsible for everything that happens at Small Friends Veterinary Hospital. He believes in the maintenance and development of knowledge, so all staff participate in continuing education, training sessions and regular in-house education. Dr Matt is confident that all Small Friend's staff can handle any situation that arises. Small Friends is a team-oriented, friendly working environment, with every person's role valued and understood by others. Dr Matt believes that by having well respected and happy staff this translates into a happy and friendly place for you and your small friend to visit.

What have we learnt lately?

Small Friends Veterinary Hospital team members have all completed tertiary education. On gaining employment with Small Friends our staff members undergo an extensive in-house "Small Friends" training program – that is, how to care for small friends and their owners the 'Small Friends Veterinary Hospital' way. In addition to this the Small Friend's team conduct regular training sessions in customer service and nursing. Dr Matt and the team attend continuing education courses whenever possible.

VETERINARY SURGEON COURSES

Osteoarthritis

This course covered new medical treatments and surgical techniques for managing arthritis. Osteoarthritis is such a common problem in companion animals, as it is in people, so it is very useful to learn about the most recent advances in the treatment of arthritis to help our small friends stay comfortable for longer.

VETERINARY NURSING COURSES

Wound Management

This Wound Management Course offered an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of wound management demonstrating how diverse wounds can be, by revealing what influences a wound. Factors such as the initial trauma that caused the wound, how the body responds as a whole, and the processes taking place on a cellular level all have an impact. Wound management presents varying challenges and the course illustrated the importance of addressing them all. By utilising the correct methods and equipment a tailored treatment plan for each wound can be achieved. Doing so enables us to control wound conditions and adapt them to achieve optimum healing achieving positive outcomes for many patients, even those with extensive wounds.

Surgical Nursing

I was fortunate to take part in a 4-week course entitled 'Surgical Nursing'. This particular course covered routines such as surgical instrument care, sterilisation, pre-anaesthesia assessment, post operative patient care, correct theatre practice and more, breaking them down to reveal each intricate yet important detail. It is vitally important to maintain the best practice in all of these areas as they play an essential part in the success of veterinary patients undergoing surgery. This course enabled Small Friends Veterinary Hospital to positively reinforce its current practices and expand my knowledge further. Tara Galbory.

Laboratory Pathology

At Small Friends Veterinary Hospital we conduct blood tests for our patients on a daily basis. These blood tests give our staff a range of different measurements, particularly regarding the patient's liver and kidneys. This lecture discussed in-house blood tests and what each measurement represents and what differing results can indicate. In particular this lecture covered the physical structure of the liver and kidneys, their many functions, and how their involvement is vital to the body's daily workings. This lecture also covered the diseases that can alter blood test results and that these altered values may not necessarily be diagnostic by themselves but alert veterinary staff to something that may warrant further investigation.

Oncology

This lecture was very interesting and provided a fantastic base knowledge of cancer, paving the way for further learning in the future. Topics covered included: the definition of a cancer, how to proceed in attaining a diagnosis, the importance of identification, classification and assessment of a cancer, the selection of the most appropriate treatment and courses of action, as well as the importance of maintaining quality of life for a cancer patient.

All Aspects of Excellent Reception

This one day course covered communication and how to be an effective communicator, how to professionally and politely handle phone calls, and how to successfully deal with many jobs and ensure they are all completed in a timely and correct manner.

The reception course was an interactive way of demonstrating the importance of effective reception work, and it complemented the in-house training we have been receiving at Small Friends Veterinary Hospital.

Essentials of Veterinary Anaesthesia

This course was carried out via correspondence. Over a six week period we covered pre-anaesthetic assessment, anaesthesia risks, effects of disease (kidney, cardiac, neurological etc) on an anaesthetic, different anaesthetic protocols, dealing with anaesthesia in emergency situations, and monitoring anaesthetics manually and using electronic equipment.

This was a great course. Focusing exclusively on anaesthesia meant the course went into much more detail than the veterinary nursing TAFE qualification, covering many aspects of animal anaesthesia including the most up to date veterinary nursing practices.

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