FVAH’s Wahroonga community wrap up 2014

Can you believe we’re already in February? Feels like only yesterday we were wishing everyone a Merry Christmas! As we bounce into 2015 with all paws blazing (RWAR!), we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on 2014 and what it means for Fox Valley Animal Hospital and the community of Wahroonga.

2014 at FVAH was filled with fun and exciting memories along with a few changes.

We welcomed lots of new furry friends to our FVAH family and said goodbye to a few special ones. We smashed it with cat and kitten adoptions, and helped rehabilitate lots of the Wahroonga wildlife. Every family pet or Australian wildlife we helped in 2014 has made it very special indeed!

Our team said a sad goodbye to Hannah. An animal hospital favourite, she left us for the sunny shores of Queensland.  We also welcomed some new faces  such as Louise our new senior nurse,  Christine our groomer and Katie who runs puppy parties. All in all it was a busy year for us.

Here are some fun facts, stats and curiosity points related to life at FVAH, and of course, the community of animal lovers we service:

  • We re-homed a whopping 46 rescue cats and kittens through our pet adoption programme. Many of our former kitten and cat rescues have stayed local by finding their furever homes amongst the Wahroonga folk. It’s great to see the many little faces we rescued blossom under their new family’s care!
  • We treated 10-15 wildlife cases each week. We helped burn victims, amputated toes, medicated and treated infections, stitched and repaired cat attack victims. We saw everything from wallabies, possums, birds to bats and lizards to name a few.
  • We carried out 24 blood tests on average a week, using our state of the art on site blood machine.
  • Once again we saw Holly, vet nurse Jess dog, eat strange and wonderful things she shouldn’t have. She underwent surgery to remove a macadamia nut from her intestines. Any bets on what Holly will get into next?

    Holly hanging out with her friends after her surgery. Toby, Holly, Enzo and Rocky (left-right)

    Holly hanging out with her friends after her surgery. Toby, Holly, Enzo and Rocky (left-right)

  •  Not to be outdone, Hannah’s dog Max decided to raid the goodies draw and ate an entire bag of apples. To really seal the deal, Max also landed a week in hospital being treated for botulism after eating mouldy food!
  • There were leg issues a-plenty. We repaired 4 broken limbs, 18 torn cruciate ligaments, broke and reset 5 rather bent legs.
  • We removed Audrey’s remaining eye. And are happy to report she has recovered well and is very happy having Max as her companion and trusted friend. Dogs with guide dogs- it’s a wonderful thing to see the friendship.
  • The vet nurses reached for their magic fuel. We drank 3,000 cups of coffee and 2,104 cups of tea- and consumed our own weight’s worth in chocolate. Who said we had a sweet tooth! (donations of additional fuel can be delivered to 107 Fox Valley road, Wahroonga)
  • We raised $263 for the RSPCA Cupcake Day, with all the proceeds going to help abandoned or neglected animals. Thanks to you, our wonderful Wahroonga community for once again supporting pets in need (and saving the vet nurses from cupcake overdoses!)fox valley rspca cupcake day





  • We said a heartfelt goodbye to Hannah and her legendary dogs Max and Audrey.
  • A warm welcome was extended to Louise, our newest senior vet nurse. Louise joins us from an extensive nursing background in referral clinics and is the owner of 2 cheeky dogs – Enzo and Rocky.
  • We had a few hiccups in obtaining a groomer end of last year but can happily report we found Christine, our new super groomer, in December. We’re also happy to report she is animal bonkers like the rest of us.
  • We visited 2 local Wahroonga schools and had a lovely time (especially Max). We were bombarded by a group of 4 year olds with burning animal healthcare questions. And who all wanted to pat Max. Luckily, our resident pat-a-holic was happy to oblige. It was great fun!

    Hannah, Hayley and Max visiting Larool preschool

    Hannah, Hayley and Max visiting Larool preschool


  • Our most loved member of the nursing team,Heather celebrated her 14th Birthday. We expect her letter from the Queen for cracking the 100 dog years to arrive in 2015.
  • We have loved watching Jane grow from a Duke of Edinborough volunteer of 6 years ago to a university student studying animal and veterinary science . We look forward to seeing her in animal healthcare in the future.
  • The Wahroonga community raised $5,000 for the WSPA through our animal hospital. Your generous donations were matched by Dr Alex giving WSPA a grand total of $10,00 to help animals in need.

So there you have it, just a few highlights of FVAH in 2014.

We look forward to the year ahead and sharing more stories and behind the scene updates with the Wahroonga community via Facebook and our website.

We’re always on the hunt for stories about your family pet and stories from the local area.

What your most memorable moment was last year at FVAH? What was your family pet highlight? What kinds of fun facts should we collect and share with you in 2015?

Share your stories and ideas in the comments below!



About the Author
Owner and Vet Alex Brittan, Vet Katie Syms and the team of Fox Valley Animal Hospital pride themselves on quality service. Fox Valley Animal Hospital is the one you choose for your family pet when the care your animal receives really matters.