Our History

The history of our critical care veterinary hospital

Be reassured by our decades of experience

Northside Emergency Veterinary Service (NEVS) has been treating animal emergencies in a critical care veterinary hospital since 1989.

                        We have held the lives of many sick pets in our hands and backed by your years of experience and cutting-edge technology, we are proud to say that we have brought countless severely ill or injured pets back from the brink of death.

The beginning of NEVS

In 1989, three exhausted Northern Beaches vets started to talk about the stress, fatigue, and challenges of meeting the needs of their patients all day and then providing vital after-hours care. Those vets were Dr Don Turner, Dr Vera Pickering, and Dr Heny Hirschhorn.

The excessive demands of the job made it difficult, in those days, for a vet to provide the best emergency care. Vets were simply overworked, under-resourced, and burning out quickly. They recognised that no one could be expected to perform at the top of their game under those circumstances.

Their discussion turned to possible solutions. They started brainstorming ways to ensure animals were given the best chance at a speedy and complete recovery and that vets were given the support and downtime they needed to deliver optimal treatment.

It was then that they had a light bulb moment. Dr Don Turner and his partner, Dr Gail Turner, had unused space and veterinary facilities in a central location in Forestville. So, they decided to use that space to set up one of the earliest after-hours emergency vet hospitals in New South Wales. It was agreed that a co-operative of vets would run the hospital. And so NEVS was born.

Vets would share the load and no longer have to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They could rest easy knowing that their clients’ pets were getting the finest care available. This was a significant advancement for the vet sector and for critically ill animals.


Where to from there?

NEVS grew steadily in its Forestville location until it became apparent it required a larger, separate premises purpose-built for emergency pet care. NEVS moved its emergency animal hospital to 335 Mona Vale Road Terrey Hills just in time for Christmas in 2014.

In recognition of the vital work that NEVS delivers on the North Shore, Northern Beaches, and throughout Sydney, the then Prime Minister took time out of his hectic schedule to officially open the new hospital in 2015. Determined to have the most advanced and well-equipped emergency hospital, NEVS moved to a dedicated site at 16 Moorya Road, Terrey Hills, where we are currently located.

Our team

The NEVS dedicated emergency animal hospital and cooperative approach to after-hours vet care has attracted the interest of some of the leading emergency vets in Australia, and we’re delighted to have such a talented team of professionals on staff, waiting to help your constant pet companion when they need it the most. Our team make NEVS the leading after-hours emergency vet practice in our community.

NEVS becomes famous

Northside Emergency Veterinary Service became so well-known that Dr Harry Cooper shot a segment about the emergency care of animals at NEVS for the TV show Better Homes and Gardens. This segment showcased the NEVS ambulance and the work we do for critically ill patients, such as animals who have suffered from tick poisoning.

NEVS is well known for its work in tick poisoning and paralysis cases. We’ve led the way in developing and publishing treatment regimens that substantially increase the survival rates of cats and dogs who have had an encounter with a paralysis tick. Our team is involved in studies looking into improved survival and using newer techniques to help improve outcomes. We are frequently called upon to give expert advice in complicated cases.