It is believed cats have been domesticated for at least 5,000 years initially by the Egyptians.  During the early days of agriculture and farming cats were proven useful in keeping the rat population and other pests under control in the townships.  Over time the cats became idolised and were a protected species in Egypt.  They were worshipped as a god and when the pet cat died it was mummified and owners would shave their eyebrows off as a sign of mourning. 

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It is a question for the ages-what is the difference between a horse, mule donkey and pony?  We’re here to give you a helping hoof!

Horses, donkeys and zebras are entirely separate species; however, they have all evolved from the same family called equidae.

Here are some of the ‘mane’ differences between these four animals:

Horses are tall, fast and easy to train.  Due to their speed and agility, they have been used throughout history in times of war or in games like polo.  They have thin coats, short ears and long manes and tails.  They are a pack animal that prefer to travel in groups.

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Congratulations to Claire McCarthy, the owner of Dougal the 17-month-old Poodle x, who is the winner of our Bayer-Advocate competition.

Claire purchased her Advocate-flea, heartworm & intestinal worming product at our Greensborough Hospital and has now won a Dyson vacuum valued at $599.

The Dyson V8 Animal Extra Cordless will be handy to pick up the dog and cat hair in the McCarthy home.

Claire was asked what she thinks her pet dreams about?

I am sure Dougal dreams about chasing his cat siblings.

Congratulations Claire.

 FRIDAY 1ST JANUARY – New Year’s Day

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY – Australia Day

The Greensborough Veterinary Hospital shall be open for Urgent cases on the Public Holidays between 9am-11am.

Routine hours shall operate around these dates at the Greensborough Veterinary Hospital.

The Rosanna Veterinary Clinic shall be closed on Public Holidays.


For Emergencies outside of these hours we recommend:

Animal Accident and Emergency Centre

72 Hargrave Ave Essendon



 Our Practices will trade normally throughout the Christmas period apart from Public Holidays.

Public Holiday consultations shall operate through the Greensborough Veterinary Hospital. 

Trading hours as follows:

Thursday 24th December          Closing @ 6pm

Friday 25th December                Christmas Day - Closed

Saturday 26th December            Boxing Day -9am-11am (Urgent Cases)

Sunday 27th December               Routine Hours 10.30am-2pm

Monday 28th December               Public Holiday -9am-11am (Urgent Cases)

Tuesday 29th December              Routine Hours 7.30am-7.30pm

Thursday 31st December            Closing @ 6pm

Friday 1st January                        Public Holiday -9am-11am (Urgent Cases)

Outside of these days routine surgery hours apply 8am-7.30pm

Rosanna Veterinary Clinic shall close on Thursday 24th December and reopen on Tuesday 29th December.

In the case of an Emergency outside of the hours we recommend:

Animal Accident & Emergency Centre

72 Hargrave Ave Essendon – Phone 9379-0700

A Safe & Merry Christmas to Everyone.