kvc-laboratory-facilitiesOur in-house laboratory facilities allow us to examine blood smears, swabs from ears and skin and analysis of your pets urine. We can often diagnose simple problems such as skin and ear infections during your visit, so we can start appropriate treatment immediately.

We also have onsite heartworm and feline aids testing available. Results from these tests are often available by the end of your consult, so we can start any treatment or vaccinations we think necessary on the same day.

We prefer have more extensive testing done by a professional pathologist and for these we use an off-site to a specialist veterinary laboratory in Melbourne. In many instances these results are available the same day.


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Need an Appointment ?

Call us on 03 9372 2733

_jbp4657When your dog or cat requires dental treatment, whether a scale and polish of teeth or extractions, a general anaesthetic is required. _jbp4674

This allows the vet to visualize any abnormalities in the mouth such as gingivitis, fractures, resorptive lesions, tumours or exposed tooth roots, and to extract teeth if required.

At the clinic we use a modern IM3 powered dental machine to ultrasonically scale & polish the teeth. We also have dental readiography if required.

The anaesthetic is monitored by a trained veterinary nurse using the equipment described for surgery.

All patients receiving dental care have antibiotics and pain relief where indicated.

A follow up dental check is also included 7-10 days after a dental procedure.


Our aim with dental disease is prevention and our vets and nurses are always happy to discuss dental care and advice on which preventative treatments are best for your pet.

_jbp4777Puppy training class is a great way to begin a life long bond with your dog. The socialisation period for a puppy is between 6 and 16 weeks of age. During this period it is very important that the pup is exposed to as many positive experiences as possible as this will shape its future behaviour.  Puppy training class is a great way for your puppy to have fun and learn life's important lessons; and for you to learn to communicate with your pup.

Puppies should be aged between 8 and 16 weeks of age. This is the ideal time to get your puppy well socialised with other dogs and people. Puppy training offers a controlled environment for puppies to interact with other puppies of all breeds and sizes. Julie will help with any problems or concerns you may have concerning your puppy's behaviour, while getting you started on the right foot with training and lifestyle for a healthy dog.

Please ensure your pup is on a collar and lead at the start of each class. We recommend that you do not feed your pup at least 1-2 hours before class. A mat for pup to sit on will be provided for you. Please bring some tasty treats along as a reward for training.

We recognise that your puppy is part of your family. If your family also includes children we encourage their involvement with puppy training however to be fair to other class participants please only bring school aged children to class.

Puppies must be vaccinated, wormed and healthy to participate in Puppy Training Class. We will need to see proof of vaccination before your puppy can be enrolled.

Lessons are held by Julie Barber, assisted by Frances Hammer. Julie and Frances are accredited Delta-Canine Good Citizen Instructors. Julie is a member of the VCA, the Positive Animal Trainers Society of Victoria and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers of Australia. Julie is committed to humane training and uses and promotes the use of reward-based methods. She rejects methods that rely on punishment and the use of correctional devices and is committed to on-going canine professional development and public education.

Classes run for 4 weeks on Thursday nights at the Kensington Vet Clinic, and run from 6.30pm until 7.30pm. Cost for the four week course is $125.

Contact us on 03 9372 2733 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be put on the waiting list for the next Puppy Training Class.

A week or so before the next class you will be contacted to confirm your place.

Payment must be made prior to the starting date in order to guarantee your place. Payment cannot be accepted on the night. No refunds are applicable following the commencement of classes.

Once enrolled, please download a Puppy Profile form, complete and bring it with you on the first night of class.



What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Pressure, laser, heat and mild electrical stimulus may also be used at these points. The goal of treatment is to treat disharmonies and imbalances within the body to promote the general health and well being of the patient. Acupuncture is one of the modalities of traditional Chinese medical treatment and has been practised in China for thousands of years. It has also been the subject of active research in the west since the mid 1970's, with new evidence continually being found as to its effectiveness. We are very pleased to be able to offer you access to this treatment with Dr Kathy Daly who is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

Who will benefit from Acupuncture?

dougalAcupuncture has wide acceptance as a treatment for pain, but it has much wider uses, and can be of benefit in almost any condition.

How does acupuncture work?

In Chinese medicine, the body is treated as a whole through several related systems of function known as the Zang-fu. Health is explained as a state of balance between the yin and the yang of these systems, with disease being ascribed to imbalance, blockage or stagnation. Access to these systems occurs through specific points known as acupuncture points, which represent places where the energy (or Qi) of the body nears the surface and becomes accessible. Placing needles in these points (or stimulating them in other ways) can directly influence distant points along the line of energy flow (or meridian).

How will my pet be during and after treatment?

Insertion of the needles may cause a transient sensation of pain or warmth at the site and the needles will become firmly grasped by the surrounding tissue. This is called Da Qi and is an indication that the needles have been inserted in the correct place. Generally animals experience no discomfort after insertion. The needles will be left in for 15-20 minutes although some will fall out on their own before this time. This is an indication that they have done their job and are no longer needed. After treatment you may notice no change in your pet, or they may be sleepy for the next 24 hours. Some conditions may be temporarily worse after treatment, while others may be better or no different. Chronic conditions may require numerous treatments before a benefit is seen.

What are the risks of treatment?

There are very few risks involved with acupuncture. The needles used are single use and are sterile; and have a solid body so there is minimal risk of introducing infection. Because a vet is inserting the needles there is minimal risk of bad placement or damage to underlying tissues.


How do I book?

Please feel free to ring the clinic on 9372 2733 to make an appointment with Kathy, or if you have any further questions.

Please download and complete our Acupuncture Questionaire before your appointment. This will assist us to determine the best method of treatment for your pet. pdf-icon

Here at Kensington Veterinary Clinic, we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure.We can provide advice and follow up information as required on a variety of excellent and highly effective flea, heartworm and intestinal worming preparations.


Clinic Facilities

Kensington vet surgeryIt is extremely important to us that when you entrust your pet to us we give them the best possible care. This is especially important when your pet is anaesthetised. We have an excellent anaesthetic protocol that involves constant monitoring of heart rate, expired carbon dioxide, blood oxygenation, respiratory rate and depth of anaesthesia. Whilst under veterinarian supervision our anaesthetics are monitored by qualified and experienced nurses . Post surgery we will continue to monitor your pet until it is ready to go home. All surgical patients are given pain relief.

We also have extensive in-house facilities which include radiology, dental care, diagnosis of skin problems, urinalysis, intravenous fluid administration, surgery and hospitalisation. We only use the best modern and up-to-date equipment.


Specialist Referrals

We believe that we can offer you and your pet the best care by using referrals where appropriate. For this reason our pathology tests are all run and interpreted by specialist pathologists and we refer to a select group of specialist surgeons and internal medicine physicians when required.

Behaviour Problems

Julie Barber and Frances Hammer are our Animal Behaviour Consultants. They provide in home advice for any behaviour problems your pet may be experiencing. They are very experienced in animal behaviour and are both qualified Delta Society Canine Good Citizen instructors. We also can provide referral to specialised Veterinary Behaviourists when required.


cocker-on-scalesDog & Cat Scales

All clients are welcome to come in at any time and use our dog or cat scales to keep an eye on their pet's weight. We are also able to provide a weight loss programme for your pet should you be concerned that it is becoming a little "fluffy".



You are what you eat and for this reason we stock and recommend super premium pet foods. There are many well researched reasons to feed high quality food appropriate for your pet's age and individual nutritional requirements. We also stock a large range of veterinary specific diets.


Puppy Preschool

Puppy preschool is a great way to begin a life long bond with your dog. The socialisation period for a puppy is between 6 and 16 weeks of age. During this period it is very important that the pup is exposed to as many positive experiences as possible, as this will shape its future behaviour. Puppy preschool is a great way for your puppy to have fun and learn about the big wide world; and for you to learn to communicate with your pup. Julie Barber runs our puppy classes with her assistant Frances Hammer who is also a qualified Delta Society instructor.

You'll find more info on our Puppy Preschool page.


Fun Stuff

Bored dogs and cats are naughty dogs and cats. Play provides mental stimulation and physical exercise. We have an extensive range of toys both for interactive play and home alone environmental enrichment. We also stock treats, Greenies, Urine-Free, cat litter and an extensive range of collars and leads.

Location and Opening Hours

45 Epsom Rd, Kensington.
03 9372 2733

Our hours are:
Monday & Wednesday:

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday:


After Hours Emergency Centre
Kensington - 03 9092 0400
Essendon- 03 9379 0700