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Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia
Veterinary Anaesthesia Australia

Specialist Consultancy & Education

in Veterinary Anaesthesia






Dr Leah Bradbury BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS Cert VA DipECVAA

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Veterinary Anaesthesia Specialists was founded in 2015 by Leah Bradbury.


Leah Bradbury BVSc MANZCVS CertVA DipECVAA

Leah is a registered specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  


Leah graduated from the University of Sydney as a veterinarian in 1999. Following graduation, she worked in a number of veterinary practices in Australia and the UK before commencing a residency in anaesthesia and critical care at the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2003.  During this residency Leah was a awarded a Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia.  In 2008 she became a Diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia by examination.  She is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.


Following completion of her residency she returned to work in Australia at the University of Melbourne where she led the anaesthesia team for 5 years.  Leah then relocated to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga where she was involved in clinical work, teaching and research into animal welfare.  Leah remains an adjunct senior lecturer for Charles Sturt University.   She is also actively involved in a number of education programs for both veterinarians and nurses.  


Leah is passionate about all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and has a particular interest in perioperative pain relief and pain assessment.

Dr Eleanor Holden BVSc MANZCVS DipECVAA

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

Eleanor Holden BVSc MANZCVS DipECVAA

Registered Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia

After graduating as a vet from The University of Queensland in 2003, Eleanor spent some time in mixed practice in Lilydale, Victoria followed by a small animal rotating internship at the University of Melbourne. After spending a few years back at the University of Queensland as a clinical anaesthetist she headed to the University of Glasgow to undertake a residency in veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia. After completing her residency in 2015 she was appointed as an anaesthesia clinician before returning to Australia in 2017.

Eleanor became a Diplomat of the European College of Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2017 and she is also a member of the anaesthesia and analgesia chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Eleanor enjoys all aspects of anaesthesia and has an interest in loco-regional anaesthesia and chronic pain management.

Maria Bellei BVSc, DipACVAA

After completing her Veterinary degree in Santa Catarina, Brazil, Maria started a combined internship and residency program in Veterinary Anesthesiology at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada in 2005. During her time in Canada, Maria’s training included clinical anaesthesia in horses, cattle, small animals and avian and exotic species, as well as research in equine analgesia and specialized coursework. She joined the American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia as a Board-certified specialist in 2009.

Maria’s main interests include partial intravenous anaesthesia in equine practice, strategies to improve medication safety and use of epidural morphine in horses. Maria also holds a post-graduate degree in Graphic Design, and is extremely passionate about creating fun and engaging teaching resources for vet nurses and veterinary students wanting to learn more about anaesthesia.

Dr Maria Bellei BVSc DipACVAA





We provide anaesthetic case management for both referral and non referral veterinary practices; for higher risk anaesthetics and complex procedures where additional experience and expertise are required.  We are experienced in dealing with a wide range of different animals.





We provide a range of in-house tutorials and hands-on training programs for veterinarians, nurses and technicians. Training is tailored to fit your practice requirements.



We have a strong background in research and animal welfare and are happy to provide consultancy on improved practices in all aspects of veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia.



Phone consultation is provided for troubleshooting and upcoming cases that are expected to be challenging.  A written report will be provided for all phone consultations.




Have you ever had a routine procedure that you were reluctant to perform due to the risk of the anaesthetic?


We are happy to take cases from both general and specialist practices.  We are Melbourne based however will travel as required.  


Where possible please contact us well in advance with all information regarding patient history, procedure to be performed and results of any blood work or other tests that have been performed.  This will allow time if further stabilsation or tests are required.



Monday        8:30 am - 5:00pm

Tuesday        8:30 am - 5:00pm

Wednesday  8:30 am - 5:00pm

Thursday      8:30 am - 5:00pm

Friday            8:30 am - 5:00pm


Bookings may be arranged outside these days on request



In house team training is availble for both veterinarians and nurses.  We tailor your training so that everone in your practice can attend and hear the same information.  Thus making it easier to implement and more practical.




A practice review involves an in-house assessment of your current anaesthetic equipment, protocols and techniques;  as well as your current caseload and requirements.  We also ask for all veterinarians and nurses to raise any questions or concerns they have in regards to anaesthetia, pain management or critical care.  


Following this a face to face tutorial for all staff involved will cover any questions that were raised.


A written report will be provided outlining any areas where improvement could be made.



What is a Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia?


When a person is required to go to hospital for a procedure, a surgeon will perform the procedure whilst an anaesthetist keeps them asleep and pain free.  Both the surgeon and the anaesthetist are doctors who have undergone further training giving them the skills required to perform their role.  Each doctor is focussed on his or her separate role. 


Routinely in veterinary practice when you take your animal in for an operation or procedure, the veterinarian will act as the surgeon whilst also taking responsibility for the anaesthetic, which will often be monitored by a nurse.  For routine or low risk cases this system works very well.  However in higher risk cases, or when there is a complication, having an anaesthetic managed by a veterinarian with specialist training in anaesthesia allows each veterinarian to focus on their separate role;  working together to provide the best outcome for your pet.


All anaesthetists at Veterinary Anaesthesia Specialists are veterinarians who following their 5 years of veterinary training have undergone a further 3 years of intensive anaesthesia training to gain in-depth knowledge as well as a huge amount of experience in anaesthesia and analgesia of all species.  In order to qualify as specialists in their field they have undergone a rigorous examination process.  And in order to maintain the title, they keep up to date with the latest advances in the field of veterinary anaesthesia and pain management.


An anaesthetist’s focus is the health and comfort of your pet before, during and after anaesthesia.  Our job is to ensure your pet’s anaesthetic runs as smoothly as possible allowing your surgeon to work effectively and efficiently with the knowledge that the anaesthetic is in safe hands.


If you would like a specialist veterinary anaesthetist to anaesthetise your pet, please direct your vet to our website or contact page.  

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