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 Dr Matthew Almond BVSc MACVSc
and his small friend Gerald

Why all the letters?
Like all vets, when I graduated from Uni I got the 'BVSc'. After years of large and small animal work I realised I loved working with cats and dogs, so I went back to the books and completed an extra qualification in small animal medicine, which earned me the 'MACVSc'.

Tell us a bit about the various vet jobs you have had.
After graduating from the University of Sydney I worked in many different practices during a four-year stay in the UK. While I was there I looked after all sorts of animals, ranging from a tiny field-mouse right up to the biggest draft horse you could imagine. After these four very happy years I decided to return to Australia, and concentrate solely on small animals. It was at this time that I went back to study, in further detail, the medicine of cats and dogs. 

Tell us about your small friend.
When I moved to Canberra in 2002 I was finally able to get my own small friend, Gerald.

Gerald is a black and silver miniature schnauzer that goes everywhere with me. Gerald loves ear and neck scratches, cuddles on the couch, walking for hours, and any time spent at his doggy-grandparents farm in Bywong. He loves to be around people and is a very important part of my family and my extended family. He is ever so patient with all my children and is so good at sharing his bed when one of them feels like lying down with him and cuddling. He loves to follow them about the yard and keep his eye on their games and is very good at jumping out of the way of oncoming scooters!

Gerald was the inspiration for starting Small Friends Veterinary Hospital. I wanted to create the kind of veterinary hospital that I would be pleased to take Gerald. I intend to offer, to every small friend that visits Small Friends Veterinary Hospital, the same level of service I would give my Gerald.

What do you like best about being a vet?
I feel lucky to be a vet and there are many things which I enjoy about my job. What I love most is helping families to spend quality time with their small friend. It is great to get to know families during their visits to Small Friends with their pet and I enjoy hearing what their small friend has been up to. It is also very rewarding to support a family when things aren’t so straightforward. I know how special my Gerald is to me and to my family and when I see a family going through a difficult time I ask myself “What would I like for Gerald and my family right now?” It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to work together with a family to keep their small friend happy and healthy, or allow a family to spend more time with their small friend doing the things I love doing with Gerald. If I can do this each day then I go home feeling that I have made a difference.

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