Veterinary Practice

As the first certified Veterinary Hospital in Brisbane, the very retro Mitchelton Veterinary Practice still retains its charm as a 70s-style concrete block vet facility.

The practice was established by brothers Dion and Jim Danalis in 1971. Dion and Jim (who spent the late 60s working on a PhD with Professor Dowling at UQ) set up shop in Sizer Street in Everton Park at a time when there was no practice to the west of them (today there is one in every suburb). In 1972 they relocated to Blackwood St, and later moved across the road to our current hospital site in 1973.

In the early days the Mitchelton vets might examine a calving cow, a pig with diarrhoea or a slow racehorse. From the beginning, specialists have practiced here (such as the late Dr Saul Goldfarb, the father of Australian Veterinary Ophthalmology). With a resident specialist on-staff, that trend continues to this day. Mitchelton joined the Vetwell group in 2002. Since then, there has been a substantial upgrade and renovation of the surgery suite, anaesthesia room, hospital areas, and veterinary equipment. The improvements for human comfort—the reception area, consulting rooms and building exterior—were completed in 2006.

Vetwell’s groomers, visit the practice throughout the week. For more information on our Grooming services click here.


Dr Shane Barrington
Dr Haidee Gray
Dr Emily Jorgensen
Dr Phil Thomas

Services Offered

  • Lifetime and Preventative Healthcare
  • Vaccinations
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Hospitalisation
  • Medical Imaging and Diagnostics
  • Oncology and Chemotherapy
  • Nutritional Advice and Weight Loss
  • Behaviour Advice
  • Premium Pet Food and Prescription Diets
  • Skin and Coat Care, Hydrobaths and Grooming
  • Cat Boarding
  • Flea and Tick Control
  • Heartworm and Parasite Control
  • Exotic Pet Medicine
  • Home Visits
  • Export preparation

If we don’t have the service or can’t help you ourselves, we’ll find somebody who can.

Not all veterinary practices offer exactly the same services. The state authority regulates what each practice can do. Some are not allowed to perform surgery, or might not be equipped for radiology or critical care.

Some might not be interested in exotic pets or animal behaviour. Vetwell practices provide access to all the services listed here. Whatever the service, we believe excellence and compassion are essential.