Dr Elaine Ong
Founder, Veterinary Surgeon, Darter, Protocol Developer

Elaine graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1987 with a Bachelor Of Veterinary Science. She has been the Principal surgeon and owner of the Box Hill Veterinary Hospital since 1995.

The hospital achieved ASAVA accreditation as a Hospital of Excellence in 2003. There are only 14 clinics in Victoria with this status. This status was solely pursued due to devotion to the patients. The rigorous standards set ensure the clinic provides the best of care as well as practise medicine and surgery to the highest standards.

Her philosophy is to provide preventative and holistic care to the patients in a caring and compassionate environment.

The clinic is also an academic associate of Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne. Elaine was Member of the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Melbourne from 2004 till 2010.

She is the Principal Veterinary surgeon for Guide Dogs Victoria. Her focus and mission is to keep all the pups and dogs in good health; practicing preventative health care, updated medicine and surgery.

In her spare time, Elaine works as a volunteer to promote better standards of animal welfare in parts of Asia and volunteers during disasters in Victoria.

She is: Founder of Vets For Compassion, a charity that set up a now self-sustaining vet training program in underdeveloped countries in Asia with the help of volunteer vets and vet nurses. She was the Principal Trainer of the Train the Trainers Project in Asia which teaches vets to perform cat/dog birth control surgery, anti-rabies vaccinations and delivers animal welfare education.

Vets For Compassion consists of a volunteer team of highly trained veterinarians, vet nurses, wildlife darters and rescuers who respond to call outs at all hours of the day to perform life-saving surgery, rescue, rehabilitation, relocating and re-homing as well as provide emergency wildlife rescue assistance and disaster response here in Australia.

A founding member of the Australian Veterinary Association Emergency Taskforce following the Black Saturday bush fires. Volunteer veterinarian and darter for wildlife in Victoria during emergencies.

She was awarded the Belle Reid Medal by the University of Melbourne in 2009 for her significant contribution towards animal welfare in her pioneering projects and volunteer work. This award was bestowed to the top 100 women veterinarians in the world.

In 2021, Dr Elaine was awarded the City of Boroondara Citizens of the Year award in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the community.