Small Animal Services

  • Annual health checks
  • Vaccinations for dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets
  • Emergency care
  • Anaesthesia and surgery
  • Desexing
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • In house pathology


We routinely vaccinate against parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, distemper and kennel cough.

We recommend vaccinating puppies at 6, 12 and 16 weeks and giving yearly boosters for life.


Annual health checks and vaccinations

We recommend yearly vaccinations of dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits.

We will also fully examine your pet at every visit and discuss heartworm, flea and worm prevention, as well as any concerns you may have about your pet's health.


We routinely vaccinate against feline panleucopaenia virus, and components of the cat flu complex- calicivirus, feline rhinotracheitis virus and Chlamydia psittaci.

We recommend vaccinating at kittens at 6 and 12 weeks, with yearly boosters for life.


Annual health checks and vaccinations


We routinely vaccinate against distemper. We recommend vaccinating at 6 and 12 weeks, with yearly boosters for life.


We routinely vaccinate against calicivirus.

We recommend vaccinating kittens at 6 and 12 weeks, with yearly boosters for life.  

 Emergency Care

We have a 24 hour emergency service for any urgent problem that may arise. We are experienced in treating animals for brown snake bites, rat bait and fox bait toxicities and trauma. We also frequently perform emergency caesareans.


Surgery and Anaesthesia

We perform a wide variety of surgeries at Wellington Veterinary hospital, from routine speys and castrations to more complex fracture repairs and tumour removals.

 All anaesthetics are monitored by an experienced vet nurse throughout the surgery. We have equipment to monitor respiratory rate (ApAlert) and heart rate and oxygen saturation of blood (pulse oximetry).

 We offer all surgical candidates pre-anaesthetic blood tests and intravenous fluids.


We recommend desexing dogs and cats between 5 and 6 months of age. At this age they are old enough to handle an anaesthetic well, but are young enough that females will not have come on heat, and males will not have developed any less than desirable habits!

Orthopaedic surgery

We perform a range of orthopaedic surgeries, including fracture repairs, stabilisation after cranial cruciate ligament rupture and correction of dislocating patellas.

In-house Pathology

Being a long way from a specialist laboratory, we strive to provide most of our diagnostic testing in house, to avoid lengthy delays in results. We have in house biochemistry, as well as vets experienced in microscopic examination of samples that will help us reach a diagnosis quickly.


At Wellington Veterinary Hospital we can perform digital x-rays in house. This helps us to assess fractures, look for changes in the lungs and the abdomen and even perform contrast studies to look for blockages in the gastrointestinal tract.


Dental disease is a very common problem in dogs and cats. At Wellington Veterinary Hospital, we can greatly improve the quality of life of your pet through dental care.

We use an ultrasonic scaler to remove the plaque that leads to painful gingivitis and we can extract troublesome teeth to prevent the formation of tooth root abscesses.

We use local anaesthesia techniques to provide additional pain relief after extractions.

Remember, the key to keeping a full set of teeth is early intervention!