We are celebrating our 20th anniversary on February 14th 2019. The anniversary marks the date of the official open day for the purpose-built veterinary hospital in Trinity Gardens in 1999.

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!”

Since its inception in 1999, the hospital has continued to grow and improve. AdelaideVet now includes four veterinary practices after acquiring clinics in Prospect, Goodwood Road and Stirling. The Trinity Gardens hospital has undergone many improvements since it’s inception to include a dedicated cat-friendly waiting area and consulting rooms as well as a rehabilitation room and cat boarding facilities. 

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”.

Since the grand opening in 1999, the hospital has grown from 12 staff members to well over 60 (including Zuri the clinic cat) across four separate practices. Several staff members including Dr Foreman have remained with the hospital since its first year of operation in 1999. Dr Foreman’s vision for the practice still remains relevant today: “The driver behind the way I worked and what we did was to try and do high-quality work. It was that simple. We tried to pitch our level at a level higher than your average practice”. The continued growth and innovation of the practice in the past 20 years is a testament to that vision and the hard work of the vets and nurses making it a reality.

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. 


 

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