204 Anzac Highway,
Plympton SA 5038


About Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals (VOR)

Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals is Adelaide’s only dedicated animal eye clinic with Adelaide’s only Registered Specialists in Veterinary Ophthalmology. We see animals with eye problems referred from general veterinary practice, and do not offer any general practice services.

Referral cases are seen in Adelaide from throughout South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Victoria and Western New South Wales. There is also a visiting service to North Queensland.

At Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals we aim to ensure clients return to their referring or usual veterinarian happy that everything within reason has been done to rectify their pet’s eye problem. We concentrate solely on ophthalmology and therefore get you to return to your general practice for any other ongoing health issues.

Business / Clinic History


Dr Tony Read commences specialist training in Veterinary Ophthalmology at The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England. His mentor is Dr Keith Barnett, pictured centre below.


After gaining specialist qualifications, Dr Read is approached to run an ophthalmology referral service in Wimbledon, London. By 1996 he has decided to return to Australia to establish his own referral practice.


Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals (VOR) is established in Adelaide by Dr Read, Registered Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. VOR commences operations in rented space at what is now the Adelaide Animal Emergency and Referral Centre on Anzac Highway.


Dr Read establishes the Adelaide Veterinary Specialist and Referral Centre (AVSARC) in Norwood, in partnership with Dr Ian Douglas, and operates Veterinary Ophthalmic Referrals from this centre with other specialist services. AVSARC is the first purpose built veterinary referral centre in Australia. He remains a co-owner of AVSARC until 2008.


Dr Read commences a visiting service to North Queensland, working out of host practices in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton, with trips scheduled every two to four months.


Dr Read moves VOR from AVSARC to new dedicated ophthalmology-only premises on Anzac Highway.