Our Team

Meet Our Team

Hilton Vet Hospital is well known, trusted and a well-loved animal health care facility for more than 40 years, where the dedicated, heartwarming veterinary staff provide top quality service with up to date, cutting edge equipment and knowledge.

Dr Heinrich Van Niekerk

BVSc, Bsc (Hons)

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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 Cathy 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 orthopedic surgeries like cruciate 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.

Over the years Dr Heinrich has treated a variety of birds from eagles to parrots and canaries. In support of Native Arc, Dr Heinrich loves to provide veterinary care to our wildlife.

Dr Heinrich is the owner of Izzy an adopted Greyhound, two Italian greyhounds named Maya and Daisy, and his two rescue parrots Pinkie and Koekoes.

His usual days with us are Mondays Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Neeta Pollard

BSC BVMS

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Dr Neeta grew up here in Perth and graduated from Murdoch University in 1999. Her first job was in mixed small animal/equine practice in Kalgoorlie where a 2-year stint turned into 7 years. Much to her surprise, she became one of the resident horse vets in Kalgoorlie, working as the vet on course for race meets and the trots. She met and married her husband Ben there and eventually moved back to Perth in 2007. She has hung up her equine boots and has been working in small animal practice ever since.

Dr Neeta has a keen interest in soft tissue surgery. She will often be found out the back in theatre but is always happy to have a chat and see new patients.

She has 2 daughters and they spend many weekends at their citrus orchard in Bindoon. Dr Neeta enjoys the outdoors and often goes camping with the family. She is a mad West Coast Eagles supporter and is at every home game at Optus stadium!

Dr Dario Conesa

BSC BVMS

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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 3.5 year old daughter. He also likes playing badminton with friends.

Testimonials About Hilton Vet Hospital

Dr Heinrich is an amazing vet. He always goes above and beyond to help not only our lovely pets but he also takes time to educate owners and answer any questions they may have in detail. My dog loves seeing him, as he has great “patient” interaction skills.
DR Heinrich is the most compassionate, friendly and welcoming veterinarian with a great sense of humour. The team at Hilton Vets are amazing including his lovely wife. I also admire their care for Australian wildlife as well as our domestic pets. P.S his accent will be great on TV
DR Heinrich Has such a great way of dealing with animals. His knowledge of all animals great and small is amazing. HE is such a genuine person and treats his patients as if they were his own. Our family loves Dr. HEINRICH!
Dr Heinrich is a healer – a compassionate and caring man who devotes his life to the animal kingdom. His commitment to vet science, his incredible knowledge of wildlife and the amazing work he does for Native Ark in Bibra Lake in addition to running a successful practice speaks for itself.
When our Cooper was hit by a car, our hearts were broken along with his bones. Heinrich and his staff helped carry us all through the next month. Heinrich’s considered care gave us great reassurance. His gentleness and compassion made Coop’s passing bearable. That’s one great vet!
Dr Heinrichs calm, caring nature along with his lifetime of experience makes him an exceptional vet. We feel we can really trust his work and it makes the whole process for my boyz comfortable. I am not sure I want him to win, because then he won’t be available.
We have known Heinrich for many years whilst he looked after our two precious dachshunds during their lifetime. His care and passion for animals is exceptional and we look forward to going back to Heinrich when we get our new dachshunds in the near future.
That’s it I’m off to see Dr Heinrich, you always told me sis, if I want the best I have to see the best and that’s where I’m going are you coming?
I can’t recommend Heinrich if it means he has less time to spend with us! Both my past dog and present dog adore him. He is as good with people as he is with pets of all kinds. Liz
Dr Heinrich truely loves & cares for all animals & his animal patients adore him. His volunteer work for Native Ark & passion to promote various animal causes are truely inspiring. He is very skilled, knowledgable & his experience as a vet makes him a great candidate for Bondi Vet.
My girls and I have been clients for almost 10 years, we love Dr H and his caring and calm nature, I always request him and trust him completely. He has healed my girls many times, he goes out of his way to accommodate us. He is the best!
I think Heinrich should be the next Bondivet, because he has a passion for caring, healing and helping all creatures great and small. All his experience, time, effort and energy goes into his work. I have never seen a more dedicated vet than this guy.
Dr. Heinrich is one of the most compassionate vets I’ve met. His genuine commitment to providing the best care for each patient is obvious in all the animals he treats – cats, dogs, birds, and Australian wildlife! He really can do it all.
Dr Heinrich is the man!
A wealth of knowledge who i would recommend to anyone seeking expert veterinary care and or advice.
Dr Heinrich has always had a warmth and caring compassion that exstends not only for has patients but owners alike!He goes out of his way to inform,reassure and is nothing but gentle and kind!Always have i and Minxi my cat,had superb experiences!His kindness beams out!

Meet 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 Puppy Classes on Wednesdays and do Nurse Consultations like Free Optimum Pet Health Consults, Free Weight Loss Programs and Free Dental Checks.

From Left to right are the proud members of our Nursing Team: Sharlene, Braelie-Ann, Sarah, and Crystal.

Sharlene Nguyen

Nurse

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Sharlene completed her vet nursing certificate in 2017 and worked as a registered veterinary nurse in small animal practice. She joined the Hilton Vet team in April 2018 and currently works full time as a vet nurse in the clinic. Sharlene particularly enjoys theatre nursing and radiology. She is often assisting with surgical procedures, monitoring and recovery.

Apart from being an animal lover, Sharlene is an aquarium enthusiast, enjoys gardening and spending time with her boyfriend Khang and their menagerie of pets: “Bibi” the budgie, “Leo” the Golden Retriever, “Turbo” the American Bulldog and “Cino” the Jack Russell.

Sharlene has a great sense of humour and will always be found with a smile on her face cuddling a dog or two…..or three!

Crystal McLaughlan

Nurse

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Crystal grew up in South Perth. She first came to Hilton Vet as a work experience nurse back in 2016 and officially joined the team in March 2017 as a trainee nurse and qualified later that year.

She enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing, especially dealing with medical cases and monitoring patients in the hospital.

Crystal has grown up around animals. She recently bought her first house with her boyfriend Chris and is missing her two dogs “Mali” and “Maggie” and cat “Zoey” back at the family home. However, she has taken her adopted rainbow lorikeet “Sebastian” with her. He keeps everyone entertained with his crazy antics!

When she is not at work, Crystal enjoys going to the gym, walking with the family dogs, music festivals and travelling.

Braelie Veit

Nurse

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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.

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”.

Sarah Westwood

Nurse

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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 2016. After working for a couple of years, Sarah decided to pursue her passion for animals and commence her nursing course.

Sarah started her nurse traineeship here at Hilton Vet in February 2019. She has started doing some regular nursing and reception shifts and will be completing her course in December this year.

She has a keen interest in wildlife and has been volunteering once a week at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for over 7 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.