Meet Our 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.
Dr Heinrich Van Niekerk
BVSc, Bsc (Hons)
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
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
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
Can’t recommend Hilton Vet Hospital enough. Me and my family have been coming here for a long time for all our pets, dogs and cats. The staff are very friendly, passionate people who treat people and animals with the utmost respect, care and dignity. Unfortunately, vet visits can be a sad experience but the kindness and compassion of all the crew at Hilton Vet Hospital make these times that little bit easier. – Lawson B., 2019
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
Compassionate Vets have followed them from their last practice to Hilton Vet Hospital 10+ years. Ellen K., 2019
A wealth of knowledge who i would recommend to anyone seeking expert veterinary care and or advice.
I was actually pretty happy with my previous vet, but when my dog needed surgery a friend suggested I get a comparison quote from Hilton Vet. I couldn’t believe the difference in price, and the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable that I don’t feel I made any sacrifice at all by switching. Because my dog will need this surgery every 18-24 months, the savings mean I can get the surgery done when he needs it and not have to delay it due to the cost. Since then I have made Hilton Vets my regular vet and I’m very glad I made the change. Jaye W., 2019
The best care for our baby!! Can’t thank them enough for the care they have shown us! Nicolle W., 2019
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 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 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 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 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.
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.