Our objective is to provide the next level of Veterinary care.


Our objective is to be the referral extension service of your practice 

Our Veterinary Referral Services

The Referral Centre (TRC) is a multidisciplinary veterinary hospital providing a range of veterinary services beyond those available at your regular practice. We have a team of veterinarians that have all undertaken additional training, advanced qualifications and referral experience.

Our specialist and referral veterinarians work closely with your regular veterinarian. We send our referral patients back to their referring veterinarian as soon as they are ready to continue with their recuperation. All patient records are transferred to ensure there is a full recovery.

Animals hospitalised at The Referral Centre in Hamilton have veterinary supervision and onsite nursing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our Tauranga clinic provides daily onsite care.

Veterinary Referral & Critical Care

Emergency and Critical Care

Critically ill animals are provided with 24-hour care until they are suitable for treatment as a day or outpatient. We can help you with animals that require staff resources or equipment that general practices don’t have.


Skin and ear disease can be highly uncomfortable for pets, frustrating for owners and time consuming for busy general practice veterinarians. Very commonly, owners seek a second opinion when they become frustrated with their pet’s ongoing or recurrent skin disease. Referring an animal with skin disease to somebody with advanced skill level can be helpful to retain existing clients.


Boet has worked as a referral surgeon in Auckland, Hamilton and Gisborne.  He has a special interest in orthopaedics – cranial cruciate disease and complex fracture repairs, but is also very happy performing soft tissue surgery.  Boet has a passion for surgery and pet care and has a great following with pet owners and referring veterinarians.

Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation

Hydropaws is devoted to canine rehabilitation, health & fitness. The primary aim is to improve quality of life. Hydropaws offers a holistic approach to canine care integrating land and water-based rehabilitation therapies to promote good health and mobility, performance and recovery from injury and surgery allowing dogs to live life to the full.


Dr Richard Lucy is based in Christchurch but is available for radiograph, ultrasound image and ECG interpretation.  A verbal or written report will be provided as required. Cardiorespiratory case consultation via phone and ultrasound training is also available on request.


Dr Ivan Aleksic is available to perform referral-only abdominal, pregnancy and cardiac ultrasounds every Tuesday and Wednesday, and other days by arrangement. He will image the animal and provide a full written report to the referring vet within 2 hours.


Exotic Pets

In our Tauranga clinic, Dr Martin Earles BVSc MANZCVS (Medicine and Surgery of Unusual Pets) has a particular interest in avian and exotic pet medicine and surgery and is available for appointments in our Tauranga branch.

Referral Process

Committed to providing excellent, care for you and your pet, we are a full-service referral hospital dedicated to incorporating the latest advances in science and medicine to diagnose, treat and enhance the quality of our patient’s lives.

The referral process requires primary veterinarians to refer pets to us. We need them to send us all the relevant medical records, diagnostics undertaken and laboratory results. Without these we can not provide the next level of care.

We send our referral patients back to their primary veterinarian as soon as we can with all the information they need so they can continue with the aftercare and ensure there is a full recovery.

This is important to us and our relationship with veterinarians in New Zealand so please respect this and ask your primary veterinarian to organise a referral.

Client Testimonials

In February this year I was devastated to learn that my two 3 year old labradors had severe degenerative joint disorder. In fact there were bits of bone fragments in their elbow joints.  I shared their x-rays with Dr Trudi McAlees for advice and as a consequence was referred to Dr Boet Vermuelen,  the surgical vet.  Following the surgery both dogs are really well and full of bounce. The dog that was more affected has had a change of personality, he is obviously feeling so much better and where I previously thought he was a quiet-natured dog he is now showing me otherwise. 

I owe The Referral Center personnel and both Trudi and Boet a huge amount of gratitude for their care, concern and expertise for my two young dogs. They have extended and returned quality of life to both them. Although there is still ongoing care required we hope to get many more years with our dogs now that they have had surgery. 

Lyn Hunt

King & Aichi


576 Anglesea Street,
Hamilton, N.Z


1450 Cameron Road,
Greerton, Tauranga


1450 Cameron Road,
Greerton, Tauranga


576 Anglesea Street,
Hamilton, N.Z