We are proud to have a long history of serving the community and passing on knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm from generation to generation.

Bankstown's First VeT

Bankstown Veterinary Hospital was established in 1948 by Dr John Buckingham, a Sydney University graduate. The area became a growth region thanks to Bankstown Airport which began its' life as an airforce base. Dr Buckingham and his family owned much of the land where the current hospital is located and made Marshall Street both their home and a place to build the hospital. The grounds included a stable, with horses and farm animals part of the clientele.

In post-war Sydney growing Bankstown needed a vet hospital
and Dr John Buckingham started it all

In 1962 Dr Buckingham retired and sold the practice to Dr George Pulver & Dr Warwick Handel who owned and ran the Hospital for another 31 successful years during which the building was enlarged with additional space for kennels and expanding the surgical and treatment areas.

In 1993 Dr Pulver and Dr Handel retired and sold the hospital to Dr Nicholl, Dr Myers & Dr Butcher. Dr Nicholl also worked for 2UE as their radio vet and struck out on his own to purchase another hospital in the southern suburbs. During this time Marshall Street, where the hospital is located, became famous for another reason; as the former home of Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating.

In 2013 Dr Butcher, having been retired for several years and Dr Myers sold the Hospital to Dr Bryant Nguyen.

Bryant brings with him a wealth of knowledge and 16 years of experience as a Veterinarian in the Southern Sydney region. Bryant practiced at Croydon Park Veterinary Clinic for 10 years and before that at the Caringbah / Miranda / Connels Point multi-clinic practice as well as Allison Crescent Veterinary Hospital Menai where he started. Click here to meet Bryant and the rest of our team.

The next phase IN OUR HISTORY IS WELL UNDERWAY: renewal and upgrade

With Dr Bryant Nguyen's new ownership a new chapter has turned. From 2013 to 2014 we undertook the first building works in over 20 years, performing remedial work on the foundations at the rear of the hospital. In 2014 we upgraded our dental and x-ray technology. From 2015 to 2016 we upgraded all of our IT systems. In 2016 we performed a renovation to bring a modern spark to the reception and consulting areas of the hospital, also the first renovation in over 20 years. In 2017 we will continue the renovation to the surgical and treatment areas. After nearly 70 years of operation Bankstown Vet Hospital continues to evolve.


We also have a second hospital: Boundary Road Veterinary Hospital which was established in 1995 by Dr Michael Azzopardi and Dr Arthur Lee. For personal reasons they decided to pursue other avenues overseas and in 2002 passed the hospital to Dr Butcher and Dr Myers. 

After 11 years Dr Butcher and Dr Myers passed the Hospital together with Bankstown Veterinary Hospital to Dr Bryant Nguyen.

Our team work from both locations, benefiting from the increased experience this brings.