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THE Hume and Melrose Animal Hospitals
puts the animals and their owners first
while keeping up to date with all the latest
trends and means of helping animals.
In July 1976, after much planning, Dr
Arthur Frauenfelder and his wife Julie
opened a small animal hospital in Mate
Street, North Albury, which incorporated
a flat in which they resided. Julie was
the practice nurse/receptionist and Dr
Frauenfelder was the sole veterinarian.
Living on the premises, the motto of "full
animal veterinary care" developed, which
is followed today at a much higher level
with eight veterinarians and 14 nurses and
The service expanded to two fully
equipped animal hospitals, the second
being Melrose Animal Hospital in
Wodonga, which supply animal care 24
hours per day, seven days a week.
Over the years staff have undergone
training to become fully qualified
veterinary nurses and even have advanced
training as veterinary nurse practitioners.
Also, the veterinarians have undertaken
further studies necessary to take care of
the four-legged fully fledged members of
At present it is Dr Frauenfelder's opinion
that the two hospitals have the best
veterinary workforce that has ever been
in Albury-Wodonga with highly motivated
and committed staff who look after all the
animals in their care to a very high level of
The staff are heavily committed to
community service with activities such as
Puppy Pre-schools (which are run two to
three nights a week), school responsible
pet ownership education programs, career
evenings, attendance at the RSPCA
Million Paws Walk in Albury and Paws in
the Park in Wodonga.
From humble beginnings, the hospitals
have entered the 21st century with 24-
hour emergency service incorporating
modern facilities for surgery, anaesthesia,
radiology, full laboratory services,
ultrasound and endoscope examinations
as well as dentistry.
Advice on all aspects of preventative
healthcare for all types of pets
includes vaccinations, worming, diet,
behavioural problems, reproduction
service, acupuncture, physiotherapeutic
manipulation, alternative medicine,
microchip implants and advice on the care
of injured wildlife.
Staff are also involved in community
education programs and weekly media
With such an extensive field of knowledge
and expertise in companion animal care,
it is with pride that Dr Frauenfelder
recommends his team to all animal owners.
Pet care reaches new heights
L to R: Christine Sheridan with Oscar, Kirsty Hughes and Flopsy and Selma Fuijkschot with Tom.
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