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Small Animal Services

Our Small Animal Hospital in Atherton has state of the art facilities and diagnostic equipment to enable us to provide complete medical and surgical care for your family pets.

Tableland Veterinary Service is committed to caring for the needs of all small animals and pets.

Consultations By Appointment

In order to ensure as prompt and efficient service as possible, we conduct consultations by appointments. Our consultation hours are 8am - 5:00pm Mon-Fri, and 8am-1pm Sat. We are available for emergency 24 hours a day and over weekends and public holidays

Soft Tissue Surgery

Routine soft tissue surgeries are performed Monday to Friday in all clinics. These range from routine but difficult surgery, such as ovariohysterectomies (speys), other abdominal surgeries, through to extensive reconstructive surgery or lump removals.

Routine Desexing

We recommend routine desexing of all animals that are not part of a breeding program in order to minimise associated health and behavioural problems. The ideal age for desexing is 5-6 months.

Orthopaedic Surgery

The experienced veterinarians at Tableland Veterinary Service perform many orthopaedic surgeries.  Kay Eccleshare is highly trained and also lectures veterinary students at James Cook University. She has been a part of TVS for over 20 years. She operates in Atherton and at James Cook University, supports and trains our younger veterinarians and is available for second opinions and referrals from other veterinary clinics. Yolanda Angel has been with TVS since 2006 and has trained under Kay Eccleshare and performs many of the orthopaedic surgeries in Atherton along with Kay. Depending on the complexity of surgery required, our other veterinarians are also able to assist and perform orthopaedic surgery. Denise Wilson performs small animal surgery in Charters Towers and also works one day per week at James Cook University. Saint Clair Hayes, works with Denise in Charters Towers and also worked with Kay Eccleshare in Atherton for two years, prior to moving to our Charters Towers practice.

Operating Theatre

Surgery on dogs, cats and other small animals is conducted in a small animal operating theatre. This room is equipped with an operating table, anaesthetic machine and heart and pulse monitors. Modern techniques in anaesthetic monitoring and intensive care are employed. Our anaesthetic regime is similar to that used in human hospitals.


Family pets are cared for in the small animal hospitals in Malanda, Atherton and Charters Towers, while they are being treated or are waiting for routine day surgery such as desexing. They may also have a brief stay here prior to having radiographs (x-rays) or ultrasound examination for example. In addition, our hospitals have intensive care facilities with oxygen, ventilators, and medical equipment required for acutely unwell or sick patients. Our nursing staff likes to give each animal individual attention. Nurses are in attendance to ensure patients are monitored and treated when required. In recent years, our hospital has had an upgrade and new stainless steel cages have been installed in Atherton and Malanda.


In Atherton, Charters Towers and Malanda, we perform a large range of in-house laboratory testing. We offer pre-anaesthetic blood tests to ensure your pet is medically fit before surgery as well as geriatric screening and general health profiles. Our in-house laboratory services include haematology, biochemistry, electrolytes and cytology. We can also run diagnostic tests for heartworm disease, feline leukaemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus and for testing pet blood or urine for possible snake envenomation. Access to a regional laboratory permits reliable test results for all other conditions.