Gladesville Veterinary Hospital

PHONE 9817-5758 

449 Victoria Rd
Gladesville NSW 2111


Open 7 Days

Monday 8am - 8pm
Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

About Us

Gladesville Veterinary Hospital offers caring comprehensive treatment to dogs, cats and birds of all shapes and sizes, and to all other domestic pets that you might have, including guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, rats and mice.
Centrally located in Victoria Road, Gladesville, the vet hospital also offers its services to our surrounding suburbs which include Ryde, Hunters Hill, Balmain, Concord, Drummoyne and Lane Cove.
We specialise in animal Acupuncture and Trigger Point Therapy, treating dogs and cats throughout the greater Sydney area. Our veterinary Nuclear Medicine facility diagnoses and treats animals Australia wide.
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Elisabeth Parrague - Practice Manager, Medical Technologist

Elisabeth graduated from the University of Chile in Santiago in 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology majoring in Haematology and Blood Bank (human). In the same year she and her husband emigrated to Australia. After a short stint working in human pathology, Elisabeth started working at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital performing the in-house laboratory pathology. With the exception of an absence of around 5 years to commence a family in the mid-70's, Elisabeth has been a part of the team of Gladesville Veterinary Hospital ever since.

Elisabeth has a special interest in Cytology and in 1990 obtained a Certificate of Diagnostic Cytology from the University of Technology, Sydney. Since 1996 Elisabeth has held the dual role of Practice Manager as well as Medical Technologist. Both roles require regular attendance to courses and seminars to update laboratory skills, business development, staff management, merchandising, marketing, etc. In 1999 Elisabeth was nominated for the Employers' Federation Employee of the Year Award by the Principals of Gladesville Veterinary Hospital.

Dr Max Zuber BVSc FACVS - Veterinarian

Max graduated from Sydney University in 1969. He has been at Gladesville since 1971 and became a partner with Bob Ratcliffe and Harry Cooper in 1976. Max has been away from the practice from time to time taking 6 months off from the practice in 1984-85 to take up a position as surgical registrar at the University of Sydney, where he subsequently remained as part-time lecturer, and again in 1994-95 to accept a post as Visiting Fellow at the University of Florida.

Max was appointed as Associate Professor in Veterinary Surgery and Head of Surgery in the Veterinary Faculty at Sydney University in June 2001. From this time until December 2002 he was the director of the Veterinary Centre at the University. Max returned full time to Gladesville in 2003 but retains a part-time appointment as Honorary Associate Professor of Surgery with responsibility for teaching surgery to final year students and developing computer based learning programmes for medical and surgical teaching.

Max qualified as specialist in small animal surgery, becoming a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 1985, and has a particular interest in orthopedics and oncology.  In November 1991 Max opened the first diagnostic nuclear medicine facility for small animals in the Southern Hemisphere at Gladesville. He receives referral cases for this facility from throughout the country and acts as an external consultant to the University of Melbourne on small animal scintigraphy.

Max has twice been awarded the Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association "Practitioner of the Year" award, a record held by no other. In 1993 he was recipient of the Seddon award for meritorious clinical contribution to Veterinary Science in NSW.

Since 1990 Max has been elected to terms of the Presidency of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and the Australasian Association of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. In 1999 he was appointed as the Australasian Veterinary Surgeons Board representative on The Veterinary Schools Accreditation Committee which evaluates the competence of veterinary graduates from Australian and New Zealand universities as well as those in overseas countries whose graduates can practice in Australia.

 This does involve Max being away from the practice from time to time and in 2006 / 2007 Max has been involved in accreditation matters at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, the University of Melbourne, the University of Pretoria in South Africa, the University of Bristol in England and James Cook University in Townsville.   Max is a born and bred Sydneysider and father of four who has lived, with his family and many pets, within a 5 Km radius of the Gladesville Veterinary Hospital since 1961.

Dr Pam Short BVSc(Hons) Dip Vet Clin Studs, IVAS Cert, MVS - Veterinarian

Pam graduated from Sydney University in 1977 and has been a partner at Gladesville since 1985.

 After completing her undergraduate veterinary studies Pam spent a couple of years working in small animal practice in Sydney. She then worked for two years in England and Wales. In 1982 she completed a postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies at Sydney University. She started working at Gladesville in 1983, becoming a partner in 1985. She started using acupuncture in her clinical practice in 1991 and in 1995 completed the certificate course of the International Veterinary Acupuncture society. She routinely uses acupuncture and trigger point therapy as an adjunct to conventional clinical practice. She has served on the Executive of the Australian Veterinary Acupuncture Group for a number of years and is one of the instructors for the IVAS acupuncture accreditation course for veterinarians. In 2004 she completed a Masters degree in Veterinary Studies with Murdoch University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Australian Veterinary Association.

Pam was born and grew up in Sydney and lives locally. She enjoys travelling, does a lot of reading when she has the time, and has completed some tertiary studies in Ancient History and Classical Greek. She likes to frequent art galleries and dabbles in some sketching herself, undeterred by a total lack of talent. She loves Beethoven, Debussy, Louis Armstrong, Picasso, Giotto, the ocean and trees. Pam and her partner are owned by dogs and cats in sometimes uncountable number.

Dr Barry Young BVSc(Hons) - Veterinarian

Barry grew up amongst the mulga trees of a sheep and cattle property in far western Queensland. A childhood with an endless menagerie (joeys, a rabbit called Monica, a sheep, tortoises and, notable among these, two particular dogs and progressive generations of pet bantam chooks) led inexorably to the University of Queensland where he graduated in 1978 with a BVSc 2nd class honours.

 Then followed a veterinary travelogue. Firstly a four year sojourn to Victoria in dairy cattle practice followed by two years wandering the world - this was funded by intermittent veterinary engagements in the UK; then a year's mixed practice in Murwillumbah before electing to concentrate on small animal practice here in the most beautiful city on the planet.

 Barry first came to Gladesville as an associate vet in 1986 and has been one of three partners since 1990. Whilst a generalist by nature, an interest in ophthalmology saw him complete a year long post-graduate Distance Education course in this field in 1996. This interest continues and he is happy to encourage the "eye" cases of our practice into his domain. A similar course in radiology was completed in 2000 and most recently, another year long course in feline medicine in 2007.

 And otherwise? Barry likes to draw and cartoon, to drink red wine (well, alcohol really), to dig fairly haphazardly in his garden and to travel (anywhere!). He shares a home in the inner-west of Sydney with his partner and a sweet dog, three cats and seven chooks whose egg production could also be described as haphazard. Yes, the bantams have made a triumphant return after all these years ... and not before time! They bring a busy jollity to our backyard and are enthusiastic little pets.

Dr Rosalie Matthews BVSc(Hons) - Veterinarian

Rosalie graduated from Sydney University in 1982 and has been an associate at Gladesville since 1988. Rosalie has a particular interest in the medicine of birds and in dermatology.

 Rosalie was born in Sydney and grew up with a number of cats and sundry human family members. A career involving animals seemed inevitable after this start. She graduated from Sydney University vet school in 1982 and married another vet shortly after this, and has worked in Sydney in small animal practice since then.

 She joined the Gladesville team in about 1990. In 1999 she completed a year of intensive study in dermatology and has a special interest in skin cases, as well as bird medicine and general small animal medicine and surgery.

 Rosalie's interests include bush walking, reading, sports, holidays anywhere (especially Australia) and watching motor racing. Currently she is one of the NSW representatives of the Australian Christian Veterinary Association.

Dr Mark Hocking BVSc(Hons) - Veterinarian

Dr Mark Hocking graduated with first class honours in Veterinary Science from Sydney University in 1994 and has been an associate at Gladesville Veterinary Hospital (GVH) since 1998. Mark grew up in Sydney and worked at a practice in Canberra for over three years after graduation. Mark completed a certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certificate) in 2001. In 2002, he participated in a course in Trigger Point therapy run by Dr Liz Frank, a West Australian vet who has done pioneering research in this area. Mark undertook a year long distance education course in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2004.

Mark has a keen interest in the use of trigger point therapy and acupuncture to treat lameness and other problems in dogs and cats. This interest has gradually built since arriving at GVH, when he was impressed with the responses of animals treated by Dr Pam Short. Over the subsequent years he has trained in these fields and now trigger point therapy and acupuncture have become an integral part of his work at GVH. He is especially interested in the mechanisms of development and treatment of trigger points and has researched these areas extensively. Mark ran popular workshops on trigger point therapy in 2010 and 2011, teaching other veterinarians about trigger points and his techniques to treat them.

Mark's interest extends to most other areas of small animal practice, including bird medicine.

Outside work, Mark enjoys natural history, birdwatching, bushwalking, travelling, the beach and fine food.

Dr Deepa Gopinath BVSc - Veterinarian

Deepa graduated from Sydney University in 2003 and since then has worked in both Sydney and the UK as a small animal vet.  Her time in the UK included lots of aimless wandering around Europe as well as more productive things like an internship at the University of Glasgow.  Scotland, although beautiful was very cold and Deepa knew it was time to leave when she started to answer people with an “Aye!”Her main interest is in surgery and she is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal surgery.  She also spent time at Sydney Uni teaching surgery to budding vets.Outside being a vet, Deepa is a dancer (Indian Classical dance) and dabbles in some freelance writing when the mood hits her.  She shares her apartment with her husband and occasionally with a demanding little Jack Russell Terrier called Cookie who uses their home as a vacation resort.

Dr. Victoria Hopkins B.V.Sc. (Hons.) - Veterinarian

Victoria graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science (Hons Class 1) from Sydney Univeristy in 2010. Her final year Honours project focused on the diagnosis and treatment of specific skin disorders and this is still a topic of keen interest for her. Victoria's other main interest is veterinary surgery and she hopes to one day complete further specialist studies in this area. Victoria has lived in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney her whole life and has grown up with a range of pets including fish, mice, rabbits and dogs.