Experienced vets in Lower Hutt

Animal Health Centre is a Veterinary Clinic and Animal Hospital located in Lower Hutt. We provide top quality veterinary care in Lower Hutt City, the Hutt Valley and surrounding areas. 

We offer a full-service medical and surgical facility and comprehensive veterinary care to Lower Hutt's pets.

Friendly Personal Service

Our people are warm, personable and caring and we make a visit to the vet a positive experience. We get to know you and genuinely care about you and your pets.

We acknowledge that you are unique and we take time to find out who you are and what you need. We personalize our service to you by providing options that best fit your situation.

Understanding Staff

Our people all have pets so we understand the bond and concern when one of them is unwell. We do our best to help through clear explanations and providing options so you can choose the treatment plan that best suits your situation.

Experienced Vets

Our Veterinary Surgeons have each been qualified at least twenty five years, so you can rely on their extensive professional experience and expertise. Having more than one vet gives you choice and is also great when dealing with complex cases. If you like consistency we can also arrange for you to see the vet you prefer.

Dedicated Team

Our people have a vested interest in providing quality personal service. We work on the philosophy that if you like what we do then you will come back, so we try to do the very best job we can for you and your fur family.

Practice History

Animal Health Centre was opened by Dr Simon Nelson in February 2000.

Our building was originally a Government Post Office which has been converted and modernized to meet the needs of a busy veterinary hospital.

We chose the location as being central and accessible, as well as having great parking for our clients.

From a staff of two at the outset Animal Health Centre has grown to a team of nine today, including three vets, four vet nurses and our administration team.



Personal service is really important to us and this is an area where we shine due to our relatively small size and our friendly team.


We run the practice as we have from the start, making our own decisions based on whats best for our patients and their family.


We are Vets. We enjoy being Vets and this is our focus. We’re not a petshop with a vet in it. We don’t upsell treats, beds or grooming when you visit.


Each of our vets has over 20 years of professional expertise. Our nursing staff all hold National Certificates and Diplomas.


Our Animal Hospital and Vet Clinic is fully equipped and staffed to provide a complete medical and surgical service.


We’re centrally located and easy to get to. We also have ample free parking to make your experience as easy as possible.