The histories of Karingal Veterinary Hospital and Ballam Park Veterinary Clinic are have become increasingly intertwined since Karingal Veterinary Hospital first opened its doors in 1980.
Dr Bill Robinson established Karingal Veterinary Hospital at 210 Karingal Drive (the now home of Ballam Park Veterinary Clinic!) and operated from this converted display home until 1995. In that year the Hospital was purchased by Dr Scott Tinson with the objective of developing one of the premier veterinary hospitals in Australia. Realising the original facility could not grow and provide the necessary level of services and equipment for the future, a vacant block of land on the corner of Cranbourne Road and Karingal Drive was purchased from the City of Frankston in 1997. Work started on the all new Karingal Veterinary Hospital in early 2000 and the new hospital opened its doors on the 16th September 2000.
On the 7th October 2000 the new Karingal Veterinary Hospital was officially opened at an invitation-only gala event. With all the practice staff present, along with many family, friends and of course long standing loyal clients the ribbon-cutting service was held with great excitement. Four lucky clients were drawn from a hat to cut ribbons on the doors of each of the consulting rooms. This symbolic gesture started the new chapter in Karingal Veterinary Hospital’s history.
Sunday March 25th 2001 saw several thousand people visit Karingal Veterinary Hospital for its Open Day. With displays on all aspects of veterinary care, product giveaways, wildlife demonstrations and of course the obligatory sausage sizzle the day was a huge success.
In 2002 Karingal Veterinary Hospital achieved Dr Scott Tinson’s goal of developing into one of the premier veterinary hospitals in Australia by becoming one of only 41 veterinary hospitals in the country to be recognised as an Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association Hospital of Excellence. This award is obtained by demonstrating the highest levels of quality health care and practice management. It requires the hospital to be reaccredited every 3-4 years through independent auditing of the veterinary facilities, standards of care, equipment, continuing education and other important areas. Karingal Veterinary Hospital has been successfully reaccredited at every review and remains the only accredited veterinary hospital on the Mornington Peninsula.
The awards kept coming in 2003 with Karingal Veterinary Hospital winning the prestigious Australian Veterinary Association’s “Hospital of Excellence in Customer Service” Award. This award recognises veterinary practices that deliver outstanding service to their clients and it is one of Karingal Veterinary Hospital’s proudest achievements.
2003 saw Karingal Veterinary Hospital also awarded the Leader Newspaper Frankston Small Business Award.
Shortly after Karingal Veterinary Hospital moved into its new expanded facility in 2000, Dr Bill Robinson opened his new veterinary practice, Robinsons Veterinary Clinic, in the vacated premises in Karingal Drive. Upon his retirement the practice was sold to Dr Julie Brown and in 2010 Dr Scott Tinson purchased the practice. The name was changed to what is now known as, Ballam Park Veterinary Clinic and the history of the two practices once again came together.
In 2012 Dr Shane Simpson joined Dr Scott Tinson as a partner in both practices.
While it may seem unusual to have two veterinary practices so close together it lets the veterinary team cater for all types of clients and all types of patients. It allows for greater flexibility in scheduling of appointments, investment in new equipment and technologies and the provision of a greater range of services.
Today Karingal Veterinary Hospital and Ballam Park Veterinary Clinic continue to provide the pet owners of Frankston and the surrounding areas with world class veterinary care.