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SASH Vets celebrates 15 years of helping pets and their families

Australia’s Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) celebrates 15 years and the evolution of veterinary pet care

Australia’s Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) has marked its 15th anniversary, reflecting on the key changes in veterinary pet care over the past 15 years and the increase in pet ownership in Australia.

Co-founder and CEO, Dr Justin Wimpole says the two biggest drivers of change in veterinary pet care over the past 15 years are Australia’s attitudes towards pets and most recently, COVID-19, which saw an exponential increase in pet ownership.

Research by Animal Medicines Australia suggests that 69% of Australian families now own one or more pets.

“The role of pets in families has changed, with the human animal bond now being stronger than ever. For many pet owners, their pets have been integral to getting them through lockdowns, contributing to their mental wellbeing, and are a part of the family,” said Dr Wimpole.

“Today’s pet owners seek a very high standard of care for their pets. General practice vet check-ups will always remain incredibly important, and there is now more demand than ever for SASH’s specialist veterinary services. It’s a fully integrated and multidisciplinary approach to pet care, often involving multiple specialists working as a team, with the latest technology to help pets and their families live their best life.”

L-R Dr Justin Wimpole, Dr Andrew Marchevsky,
Dr Mark Bilson and Dr Steve Fearnside
“At SASH we are celebrating the past 15 years of practice and also reflecting on the almost half a million pets and their families we have helped so far.

From a practice of 15 team members across 4 services in 2007, we’ve listened to the needs and wants of our pet families to become a leader in the Australian vet industry, now offering specialist services and medical facilities previously found only in human hospitals.”

“SASH has now grown to around 700 team members who, in the last year treated almost 38,000 pets

Every person in our team is committed to provide exceptional care to pets and their families and knowing that the pets will have the best possible clinical outcome is extremely rewarding. Our view is that we will always continue to grow and expand to anywhere we can make a difference.” added Dr Wimpole.

SASH Emergency & Critical Care, North Ryde

SASH’s specialist services now include 24/7 emergency and critical care, internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dermatology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, avian and exotics, sports medicine and rehabilitation, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, and pathology. 

Most recently, the SASH Bladder and Kidney Centre opened in September 2022, with Australia’s only specialist veterinarian with a two-year fellowship in nephrology, interventional endourology and extracorporeal therapies.

SASH Avian Department with Dr Melinda Cowan

"While dogs and cats remain the most popular family pets, we’ve also seen an increase in other pets including birds, snakes, lizards, fish, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets – which is why we opened a dedicated Avian and Exotics department in 2016.”

SASH’s newly opened Western Sydney hospital has been welcomed by the local community, who now have access to gold standard specialist veterinary care closer to home.

SASH hospitals each have a dedicated Emergency Department that is open to pet owners 24/7, every day of the year for walk-ins, when urgent veterinary care is needed, and for out of hours care. The broad range of specialist services are available by appointment or referral from local veterinarians.

“We offer the services that are most needed by Australian pets, and we will continue to evolve and expand these services in response to the demands of Australian pet owners,” said Dr Wimpole.

To learn more about SASH’s work, visit or contact (02) 9889 0289.

MEDIA RELEASE, 29th November 2022

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