Emergency Procedures

After Hours Emergency Care

After Hours Emergency Veterinary Care for your Animals:

Castlemaine Veterinary Clinic strives to work tirelessly for the well-being of all animals in the area. Our passionate and dedicated team, treat and support sick and injured animals in both a GP and hospital environment, often working exceptionally long hours. To take care of our staff as well as our animals over increasingly high demand, we need to work alongside dedicated emergency centres to support after hours care.

Friday Night to Monday morning: Central Veterinary Emergency at 29A Michael St, Bendigo 0413 898 331



ALL other times: Animal Referal Hospital 72 Hargrave Avenue Essendon Fields (03) 9379 0700


As much as we want to care for all animals in the area at any time of the day or night, it is not physically possible, particularly in a rural veterinary clinic. Low vet numbers in regional areas have become an unhappy trend for clinics seeking to increase their veterinary staff to enable round the clock veterinary services.

Having a roster system between local vets seems like a logical and pragmatic response, however at this particular time the two very experienced and dedicated vet clinics in our town of Castlemaine, are both feeling the impact of a National Vet shortage.

There are several reasons for the rural and regional veterinary staff shortages which are too complex for this post, but please see these articles for further explanation:




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Would you know what to do if your pet ate something they should not have eaten or suffered a fracture? In an emergency situation, effective first aid can minimise injury and even save lives. Knowing what to do makes all the difference.

Clients of Castlemaine Veterinary Clinic can now get the first aid information they need from a free mobile app: First Aid for Pets Australia.

The app features first aid tips for over 130 conditions that affect cats and dogs, from toxins to trauma and medical emergencies.

For each condition, a simple, step-by-step guide to first aid is provided. You can find additional information on causes, clinical signs and treatments.

A map to our veterinary hospital and all of our contact details are loaded into the app so you can reach us straight away. The app also contains a list of all 24-hour veterinary emergency centres in Victoria, if you need assistance outside clinic hours.

First Aid for Pets Australia was written by Australian veterinarians, so the information is up to date, user-friendly and relevant to Australian pets.

Don’t wait for an emergency. Download the free app now so that you are prepared when it counts.

You can find the app through the iTunes app store, through the Google Play store, or through the links below or next time your in the clinic scan the QR code to access the app.

Apple devices: https://itunes.apple.com/.../first-aid-for.../id799460675...

Android devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details...

We would love to hear your feedback on the app so that we can continue to improve it. Email us at hello@castlemainevet.net.au and let us know what you think!