Meet Our Team

at Hilton Vet Hospital

Meet The Team

Put your pet in the hands of experts


Hilton Vet Hospital is well known, trusted and a well-loved animal health care facility. Our vets have more than 70 years of combined experience. The dedicated, heartwarming veterinary staff provide top quality service with up to date, cutting edge equipment and knowledge.

At Hilton Vet, we know that when your pet is suffering, you’re stressing. Our deeply caring, professional vets share over 50 years of combined experience and know just what you’re going through.

We have a special interest in cruciate ligament surgery for dogs, but we also offer quality care to the more unusual and exotic pets out there.

Conveniently located on South Street in Fremantle, Hilton Vet Hospital offers Zip Pay so that money isn’t a barrier for your pet receiving the care they need.

Our one and only goal is to make sure your pets are taken care of – contact us to start the healing process.

Our Vets

Dr Heinrich Van Niekerk

BVSc, Bsc (Hons)
Hilton Vet Hospital - Meet Our Team - Dr Heinrich Van Niekerk

Dr Heinrich was born and raised in South Africa and developed a love for pets, wildlife, and nature from an early age. He got happily married to his beautiful wife Cathleen in 1991, the year before graduating with a veterinary degree from Onderstepoort, at The University of Pretoria in 1992.

With his passion for wildlife, Heinrich did an Honours degree in Wildlife Management in 1993, where he was involved with projects on game capture in various game parks in South Africa.

Dr Heinrich has a keen interest in orthopaedic surgeries like cruciate ligament repairs and patella luxations. He loves to treat medical conditions like skin and endocrine diseases and also provide chemotherapy options for cancer patients. He has a special interest in birds and exotic pets.

You can never have enough pets. Dr Heinrich has Izzy an adopted Greyhound, two Italian greyhounds named Maya and Daisy, two rescue parrots Pinkie and Koekoes, and some tropical fish.

Dr Heinrich has built a strong team of excellent vets and nurses with the best possible skills and experience, to give every pet the top-quality treatment they deserve. He believes that by helping our pets stay healthy, we as a team bring joy, not only to our pets but also to their human family members. 

Dr Dario Conesa

Hilton Vet Hospital - Meet Our Team - Dr Dario Conesa
Dr Dario graduated in Spain in 1997. He moved to Australia in 2012 when his Aussie wife, Carla wanted to return home. Dario has been working in small animal practices over the East coast, including Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra. Dario and his family moved back to Perth early 2019 and started working with us in February 2019.

Dr Dario has a special interest in orthopaedic cases and surgery. He also enjoys any type of surgery and internal medicine.

Dr Dario enjoys going to the beach with his family and spending time with his daughter. He also likes playing badminton with friends.

Dr Emma Tsai

Emma Tsai

Dr Emma graduated from Murdoch university in 2019. Dr Emma moved to Perth 10 years ago for vet school and hasn’t left since! 

Dr Emma has a special interest in emergency and critical care medicine, complex internal medicine cases as well as ultrasounds. Dr Emma has completed her additional studies in Feline Internal Medicine this year. She is currently studying for her memberships in Emergency Medicine. Dr Emma is also a strong believer in continual education with attendance to conferences and workshops. 

In her free time, you can find Dr Emma surfing or reading medical autobiographies. 

Dr Holly Brown

Dr Holly

Dr. Holly started her career in Mixed practice in Albany WA, after a few years her passion for travel saw her leave WA to travel the world. Dr Holly worked throughout the UK in mixed and small animal practices before returning home. With Memberships and extensive training in Emergency and Critical Care, Dr Holly has a passion for treating critically unwell patients both medically and surgically. Dr Holly is experienced in soft tissue and advanced abdominal surgical procedures. Dr Holly has a strong interest in pain management for our beloved fur kids.

Dr Holly has 2 human kids, a mastiff x called Spud, a geriatric cat Mufasa and a horse named Biscuit. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, hiking and paddle boarding.

Our Nurses

At Hilton Vet Hospital, our lovely Vet Nurses are always ready to give you advice or assist you and your pet with any help you need. They also do Nurse Consultations like Free Optimum Pet Health Consults, Free Weight Loss Programs and Free Dental Checks.

Meet Our Team - Nurse Piya



Piya started with us in mid-2020 for practical training while completing her Veterinary nursing qualification. After completing her course in mid-2021 she continued working with us.

More about Piya
Prior to her Veterinary Nursing career, she graduated in 2019 from Murdoch University with a Double major in Animal Health and Animal Science. Throughout her course, she has gained invaluable experience with large and small animals. She is looking to further her career by studying Bachelors of Veterinary Science.

The part that brings joy and hope to her is making a difference in the Lives of Animals.

She has a keen interest in helping with surgical procedures, is also known for doing Anal glands, which she does happily as part of the procedures and loves interacting with clients in reception by providing the best of customer service.

If she is not at work you will find her camping or exploring new places and having fun with her extended family. She shares the house with her parents and her 15 year old King Charles Cavalier-Lily.

Meet Our Team - Nurse Frida

Frida Henriksson


Meet Our Team - Nurse Braelie

Braelie-Ann Veit


Braelie originally started at Hilton Vet Hospital as a trainee vet nurse student in 2017 and then continued working here once she was qualified in 2018. Braelie grew up on the East coast of Australia surrounded by horses, sheep and cows where she discovered her love for animals.

More about Braelie
You will often see Braelie helping in surgical procedures and recovering patients. She particularly enjoys giving your fur baby kisses and cuddles as they recover and has a special soft spot for big fluffies such as shepherds, retrievers and collies.

When she’s not at work, Braelie enjoys running and hiking with her Swiss Shepherd “Leo” and spending time with her baby quail “Derek”.

Meet Our Team - Nurse Jack



Meet Our Team - Nurse Sarah

Sarah Westwood


Sarah grew up in the semi-rural suburbs of Perth, complete with chickens, fish and marron. She completed a triple major Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree at Murdoch University in 2015. After working for a couple of years, Sarah decided to pursue her passion for animals and commence her nursing course.

More about Sarah
She has a keen interest in wildlife and has been volunteering once a week at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for over 10 years! She also volunteers as a Girl Guide Leader.

Sarah lives with her boyfriend Jayson and her adopted Greyhound “Silanah”. She has also previously owned frogs, quails, mudskippers and parrots, which may be why she enjoys nursing for exotic animals.

Now that you know a bit about us. We’d love you meet you and your pet.

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