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As in the human medical profession, manufacturers offer incentives to veterinary clinics to use their products.
This has the potential to compromise the integrity of the veterinary clinic's advice.
In an effort to protect our clients and their pets, we resolved to follow these guidelines:
- Products supplied through our clinic are selected only on the basis of how well they perform in the prevention and treatment of disease in your pet as determined by peer reviewed literature or specialist opinions. This will be balanced against an assessment of a products cost effectiveness.
Branded products are not and will not be promoted;
- In our consultation rooms
- In our waiting room
- On our website
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Making an effort to reduce our environmental impact is important. We have implemented a number of features to start to meet our environmental responsibilities.
They are only small steps but it is a good start!
You might notice that the reminders and other paper products you receive have changed colour. The slightly off white colour comes from choosing 100% recycled paper. Whilst the vast majority of our paper products are recycled, not all are available in a 100% recycled product... but we are working on it!
Recycling your old pill containers
Medicines have certain requirements that make re-using packaging or using biodegradable products difficult. For those pet owners keen to limit their contribution to landfill, we offer the option of re using their previous containers when filling repeats on medications. Ask our receptionists if you need further information.
The return of the Hills Hoist!
Our nurses campaigned for this modest step to reduce our dependency on gas dryers.
Veterinary clinics have very busy laundries and saving one load of washing from going into the dryer, can make a difference.
Veterinary clinics are large consumers of water. Keeping the clinic clean and hygienic requires frequent washing. We collect almost all the water that falls on our roof. The water is stored in two large tanks and put to use throughout the clinic. In our first year we cut our water consumption by 75%! We are very proud of this small acheivement.
Solar Hot water
The installation of solar hot water has reduced our energy consumption. Re-plumbing our hot water service has reduced water wastage.
Low energy lighting
We have changed all our general lighting to low energy lighting. If you come early to the clinic, it might be a little dim while the lights warm up but the reduction in our carbon footprint over time has made it worth it!
Flourescent tube recycling
Did you know that whilst they are energy efficient, flourescent globes contain harmful compounds that accumulate in landfill?
We utilise the recycling service provided by CMA Ecocycle to reduce our impact for both our staff and the globes we use in the clinic.
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The Boronia Veterinary Clinic and Hospital has been in existence for more than 40 years and under current ownership for greater than 35 years.
With over 20 veterinarians on staff, we are one of the largest companion pet only veterinary hospitals in Melbourne. This has allowed us to offer a very broad range of services and expertise uncommon in other veterinary clinics. We continue to work at providing the broadest range of options possible for our clients.
Our philosophy is firmly rooted in the principle of providing as many options for a clients as possible but understanding that the "right" option in any situation is not always the most advanced option.
We hope the information in this site will hopefully serve as an introduction to our hospital and our philosophy.
Important COVID-19 Information for Boronia Veterinary Clinic
onia Veterinary Clinic would like to advise our clients that we are open and we are seeing ALL patients including routine care appointments (eg. vaccinations).
We will be examining pets without their owners. During consultations vets will communicate with owners by phone.
When coming to the clinic, we are asking you to wait in the car park. Please call on arrival to let us know you are here.
If you are unwell, displaying flu-like symptoms or are concerned about entering the clinic, please call the clinic so we can find a way to assist you.
If you have received a vaccination reminder asking you to defer it, you can now call the clinic to make that appointment.
We are experiencing unprecedented phone demand and at times, long waits for appointments. We apologise and beg your patience.
We are committed to the health and well-being of our community, clients and staff and are monitoring the situation and acting as appropriate. We are equally committed to doing our bit to help slow down the rate of infection.