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113 Cambridge Road, Hamilton

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 6.00pm
Weekends: Closed
Special Hours:Public Holiday Trading Hours
07 856 9212


Our Hillcrest clinic can boast its origins back as far as the 1960s. It was one of the very first vet clinics opened in Hamilton and even though it has had varied premises over the years, it is now firmly established as your friendly neighbourhood vet clinic.

All of our vets and vet nurses share your passion for pets and are dedicated to keeping your furry loved ones young and healthy, so they can live long happy lives.

We have a resident cat called “Countess Jess Puss” who is either curled up in her bed awaiting gentle pats and scratches from our clients or is surveying her staff as they go about their daily jobs.

After Hours Emergency Care:

Weekends: -

Tristram Street clinic - Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm 07 8382200, corner of Tristram and Mill St

Outside of the week and weekend hours: -

Waikato Veterinary After Hours, 07 8395656, 576 Anglesea St, Hamilton 3204


We will always put your pets health and wellbeing first and are very fortunate to work alongside a bunch of the most dedicated vets, vet nurses and customer care people in the country.

The expertise and the latest equipment and high level of staff training that is available ensures that this is the only place we want to work. We are proud of our pain-free policy that ensures that all pets go home post-operatively with long acting pain relief.

  • Preventative health care (Flea Treatment and Worm Treatment)
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Consultations
  • Routine Treatment
  • Free weight consults
  • Free dental checks
  • General surgery
  • Dental Facilities
  • Dental x-ray
  • Pet supplies and food (Royal Canine and Hills)
  • Dietary Advice
  • Cat Grooming
  • Emergency treatment
  • House Calls
  • Experienced Team
  • Air – conditioned Clinic
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  • Dr Maria Dunbar
  • Dr Aileen Russell
  • Claire
  • Jamie
  • Rebekah
  • Jessica
Dr Maria Dunbar

Dr Maria Dunbar

Veterinarian - DVM

Maria grew up in California and has been practicing there for 4 years before joining Pet Doctors Hillcrest. Her and her family relocated to Cambridge to be closer to her husband's family and for the adventure of living in this beautiful country. Maria looks forward to establishing a long term relationship with her clients and their pets.

Maria has 4 cats called Whitten, Blitten, Britain & Charlie. Charlie is the only boy and the girls boss him around. She also has 4 sheep. Maria, with her husband and son, enjoys touring around New Zealand and in her spare time likes to read, run & do yoga.

Dr Aileen Russell

Dr Aileen Russell


Aileen graduated at Bristol University 1996, initially being employed as a mixed animal Vet for 3 years in UK before leaving for her OE. Originally only planning to stay in NZ for 1 year but 16 years later Aileen calls NZ home. In 2010 Aileen joined Pet Doctors where she enjoys all facets of veterinary practice including soft tissue surgery and medicine. Aileen has done volunteer work in India with Vets Beyond Borders where she treated street dogs and educated local communities.

Outside of work Aileen enjoys running and exploring the countryside with her 2 ponies Rue and Mia.




Claire holds a Certificate in Animal Care and Veterinary Assistance. She's been working in the Veterinary industry for more than 10 years and is now the Team Leader at Pet Doctors Hillcrest. Claire loves travelling in Europe and the UK; while at home she enjoys hiking and crossfit, as well as working in her garden. Claire is also a pet rescuer!



Veterinarian Nurse - DVN

Jamie has been working in the Veterinary Industry for more than 2 years now. She holds a Diploma in Vet Nursing Level 6 and a Certificate in Rural Handling and Conservation. Jamie's goal is to educate owners in any way she can, particularly behavioral issues and nutrition, and of course to help our furry friends ! She has 2 cats: an old boy named Fidget that she had when she was 11, and a little rescue girl named Marmite. Marmite was run over by a weed-wacker! Jamie is also a puppy class instructor and was a passionate cattery attendant for 18 months. Jamie loves to do Gymnastics and aero-acrobatics, reading and computer classes.



Veterinary Nurse

Before joining Pet Doctors Hillcrest, Rebekah worked at an emergency veterinary clinic in Auckland. She worked there for a year before deciding to move back home to Hamilton to be closer to family. Her favourite part about being a vet nurse is being able to watch an animal become its normal healthy self again after going through a huge ordeal. Rebekah has a special interest in physiotherapy and would love to expand on this.

Rebekah has a bird named Pearl who is a cockatiel. She has a lot of attitude and tells you all about how angry she is when you do something she doesn't like. Pearl goes crazy for all of her favourite treats!



Veterinary Nurse - Dinsdale & Hillcrest

Jessica is a Graduate Diploma nurse who graduated in 2018 and has been working as a nurse support at Pet Doctors Dinsdale and Pet Doctors Tristram Street clinics for the past 3 years. She is excited to make the step from nurse support to Vet Nurse. She is based at Pet Doctors Dinsdale on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and at Pet Doctors Hillcrest on Thursdays.

Jessica is very passionate and enthusiastic about her work and is a great addition to our team. In her spare time, she plays ice hockey and inline hockey as well as go dirt biking and she also loves doing puzzles. She has an 11-month-old cat called Orea who she adopted when she was brought in to the Pet Doctors Tristram street as a 2-month-old kitten looking for a home.

Sharing your passion for pets.

Your pets, our patients, are our world.

We're dedicated to making that world happier and healthier.