List of Adelaide Vet Specialists

Updated June 15, 2022

This isn’t just for dogs and cats in Adelaide. If you live near any city in the developed world these days, you need to know these people exist (click here for specialists in other states and countries). One day you may be very grateful.

To see a specialist you need to get a referral from your regular vet. You can trust your vet to refer when it’s in your pet’s interests but it’s always your right to ask.

What Is A Veterinary Specialist?

A vet specialist is someone who:

  • Has met or exceeded a high standard of training in a specific field
  • Has done extra university training, rigorous study and original research
  • Has been allowed to join a specialist professional board or college
  • Is registered as a specialist with the Veterinary Surgeons’ Board

Below is a list of every vet specialist available to see pets in Adelaide. Note that there are also many other Adelaide vets who are on the path to being specialists, such as those undergoing a Residency. These vets still have awesome knowledge and skills.

Vet Cancer Specialist

Dr Anne Peaston BVSc DipVetClinStud PhD DipACVIM (Oncology) FANZCVSc (Oncology)
Specialist Veterinary Oncologist
Companion Animal Health Centre

Vet Eye Specialist

Dr Robert A. “Tony” Read
Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology

Vet Heart Specialist

Mr Richard Woolley BVetMed DipECVIM-CA (Cardiology) MRCVS
Specialist in Cardiology
Anzac Highway Referral Centre

Vet Radiologist

Dr Xander Huizing DVM DipECVDI MRCVS
Veterinary radiologist and ultrasonographer
The Austin Vet Specialists

Vet Skin & Ear Specialist

Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology

Vet Medicine Specialist

Three referral centres listed below have clinicians who accept medicine cases referred from general practice. Two of these so far have completed the studies necessary to register as a specialist and the third is not far away.

Dr David Davies BSc, BVMS (Hons), FANZCVS (Canine Medicine)
Specialist in Canine Medicine.

Dr Zandri Whitehead Bsc BVSc (Hons) MMedVet (Med) Dipl. ECVIM (Internal Medicine)
Small Animal Medicine Specialist

Vet Surgery Specialist

Dr Olaf Schaaf BVSc (Hons II), MANZCVS (SAS), Dipl ECVS
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Companion Animal Health Centre

Dr Penny Tisdall BVSc, MVetClinstuds, FAVSc
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
The Austin Vet Specialists

John P. Punke DVM, MS, DACVS-SA (US)
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
Anzac Highway Referral Centre

Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
The Austin Vet Specialists

Dr Ryan Taggart DVM, MS, DACVS
Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Horse and Cattle Specialists

There are several specialists in equine or bovine medicine and surgery available at the University. I’m less up-to-date with them, but a phone call or a visit to the website should provide some names.
Companion Animal Health Centre

Anaesthesia Specialists

Lastly, let’s not forget these specialists working within our referral hospitals. We don’t specifically refer you to them, but they are still vital to success in many patients.

Where To Find Adelaide Vet Specialists

There are six vet specialist clinics in Adelaide…

Adelaide Animal Emergency & Referral Centre

119 Anzac Highway
Kurralta Park SA 5037
Telephone (08) 8371 0333
Website  Map

Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre (AVSARC)

102 Magill Rd
Norwood SA 5067
Telephone (08) 8132 0533
Website  Map

Companion Animal Health Centre (Adelaide Uni)

Mudla Wirra Rd
Wasleys SA 5400
Telephone (08) 8313 1999


99 Rundle St
Kent Town, SA 5067
Telephone (08) 8133 5300

The Austin Vet Specialists

19-21 William St
Mile End, SA 5031
Telephone (08) 8166 3828

Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals

204 Anzac Hwy
Plympton, SA 5038
Telephone (08) 7324 2810
Website  Map

Vet Specialists In Your Area

You can find veterinary specialists elsewhere in Australia by visiting your state’s veterinary board register. Worldwide specialist registers exist for many regions and include the following:

Related: Getting a second opinion for your dog or cat

Things change and I can’t promise to be 100% accurate. If you spot an error, or know of a new specialist, please let me know via the comments below. And yes, I did have a lot of fun making that picture.

Have something to add? Comments are welcome below and will appear within 24 hours.
By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia.


4 Replies to “List of Adelaide Vet Specialists”

    1. Hi Kay. Most of the surgeons on the orthopaedic specialist list should be able to offer soft palate BOAS surgery. In particular, we refer to Penny Tisdall, Andrew Duncan and Ryan Taggart.

    1. The internal medicine specialists on this list should be able to help you. SARDS dogs usually to do quite well in the long run in our experience.

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