The hospital was originally converted from a video store by the original owner, Dr Warren Foreman, whose goal was to create a high quality, functional and inviting space in which to practice the highest standard of veterinary medicine. “My thinking at the time was that you only get one chance to build a hospital in your career, so you had better do a good job of it”, said Dr Foreman.
The open day was a raging success with a marquee, animal circus, jumping castle and prizes. There were also appearances by television personality Dr Harry Cooper and celebrity animal trainer Steve Austin along with his performing dogs and cats. Bystanders were offered a rare look inside the everyday workings of a busy veterinary hospital with tours and demonstrations throughout the day. The newly built hospital was state-of-the-art for its time and Dr Foreman remembers that “at the time Dr Harry said it’s the best one yet!”
The hospital was also one of the first in South Australia to achieve the Australian Small Animal Veterinarian Hospital of Excellence accreditation. This award recognises companion animal practices with the highest quality facilities, equipment and training. Dr Foreman remembers the demanding accreditation process as a challenging but rewarding time. “Hospital accreditation was a shot in the arm because everybody worked really hard for it and we all celebrated together when we got our accreditation. The inspector came through and he was really impressed with the building as a great example of a hospital”.
The team at AdelaideVet would like to thank the community for their generous support over the past 20 years and hope to continue to offer exceptional quality veterinary care for Adelaide’s pets for many years to come.