Summer 2014

Cruciate Ligament Injury

The cruciate ligament is a major part of the canine knee. Cruciate injury is one of the most common orthopedic complications seen in dogs. Sometimes called ACL or CCL tear, a ruptured cruciate is often a painful and immobilising injury. While not a life-threatening injury, it is still one that must be addressed for the sake of the dog.

The knee is a complex joint comprised of the patella (kneecap), cartilage called the menisci, and a series of ligaments connecting the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). Together, these components enable the joint to function properly. The knee has two essential stabilising ligaments that cross over one another inside the knee joint. They are called the cranial (or anterior) cruciate and the caudal (or posterior) cruciate. Malfunction of even one part of the knee can cause a great degree of discomfort and lameness. Of the many knee injuries that can occur, cruciate injury is the most common.Read more...

Katie Wright, Veterinarian

Katie graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK in 2009. Originally from Northern Ireland, Katie arrived in Australia in 2012 and is now a permanent resident here to stay.

Katie's career started in mixed and equine work but over the past few years Katie's focus has been to concentrate on small animals. Katie has a particular interest in medicine and imaging. Katie is a competitive swimmer and also enjoys to surf and horse ride.

James McLeod, Veterinarian

James graduated as a veterinary surgeon in June 2010 from Cambridge University, UK.After two years mainly as a large animal vet at a country practice, James moved back to the city to focus on small animal practice and develop his special interest in surgery. In 2009 James came to Sydney to complete an internship at Taronga Zoo, working closely with the vets and keepers. Such was the draw of life on our beautiful northern beaches that James determined to return to Sydney and we were delighted to arrange sponsorship for him to work at Collaroy Vets.

Out of work James enjoys surfing and sailing, especially in Australia's warmer waters!

In House Digital Radiology

At Collaroy Vets, we have comprehensive radiology (X-Ray) capabilities that use digital technology. Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging,where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. It allows us to obtain image resolution that is higher than older, film based systems. Higher resolution imagery provides more information to our doctors, allowing for a more thorough analysis. Images obtained with this technology are processed within seconds, yielding high quality diagnostic images with decreased radiation exposure and increase defficiency. Read more...


The decision to end a life is never easy. It is a personal, loving decision to euthanase a pet whose quality of life has deteriorated to an unacceptable level. It takes courage to assume this last duty and it is our last responsibility to a pet who has given us unconditional love and companionship.
Vets don't exercise this option lightly. Their medical training and professional lives are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disease in animals. Vets are keenly aware of the balance between extending an animal's life and its suffering. Euthanasia is the ultimate tool to mercifully end a pet's suffering. Read more...

Did you know?

  • cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping
  • a cat can jump up to 5 times its own height in a single bound
  • dogs and humans have the same type of slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement and during this REM stage dogs can dream


Puppy training

We have two independent Puppy Training schools running sessions at the clinic:

John Vella - Dogtech

1300 650 739

Fiona Jones - Dog on it

0435 462 432



Website refresh

Our website has been given a new look, with updated photos of our staff and facilities. We invite you to take a look and read about our new veterinarians, Katie and James. Both bring a wealth of talent and experience to our team. We'd also like to tell you a bit about our nurses, many of whom you may have met already