Cooks Hill Vet Clinic

Cooks Hill Veterinary Clinic is located in the heart of Newcastle on Darby St, Cooks Hill.


At Cooks Hill Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to providing the highest quality animal care for your pet. We provide an array of veterinary services including free puppy meet and greets, vaccinations, microchipping, routine and non-routine surgical procedures, dentistry (including dental x-rays), nutritional advice, preventative medicine, as well as cat boarding and puppy preschool. 

We are a small animal hospital, meaning we are a dog friendly and cat friendly clinic. Unfortunately, we do not treat pocket pets or exotic pets. 

We are equipped with the most state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including a full in-house pathology system, x-ray and dental x-ray machinery, excellent anaesthetic equipment with ultra-sensitive monitoring equipment for extra safety with anaesthetics, and class leading dental equipment.

We offer a full cat boarding facility, which provides your cat with a safe and comfortable home away from home, with daily cleaning, feeding, and cuddles, so you can rest easy knowing that your cat is safe while you are away. 

Our friendly team of staff are all pet owners and animal lovers. Our priority is the wellness of your pet. We understand how it feels when your pet is not well, and we will do everything possible to ensure your pet lives a healthy and happy life.  

Cooks Hill Veterinary Clinic works closely with other specialist clinics, including the Veterinary Dermatology Clinic, Newcastle Veterinary Ultrasound, the Animal Referral and Emergency Centre (AREC) and the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH), to ensure that our patients receive the best vet care possible.

Meet Ivy May and Bomba


Ivy May is a one-year-old, female desexed, miniature poodle. Bomba is a nine-month-old, female desexed, Lagotto.


Ivy May and Bomba both presented to us with limping on a hind leg, after a general health check with one of our amazing Veterinarians they were diagnosed with patella luxation. They both underwent a patella correction surgery this month, performed by the one and only Dr Darren.


Patella luxation is one of the most common orthopaedic condition in dogs occurring in nearly 10% of all puppies.


A luxating patella is a condition where the patella (kneecap) intermittently or permanently sits outside of the groove in which it should sit. When the patella is out of the groove it may cause an unstable joint and the dog often holds its back leg up. Over time, this constant moving of the kneecap can cause arthritis and pain.


The corrective procedure involves a general anaesthetic and orthopaedic surgery to deepen the patella groove to keep the patella in place.


During the recovery period of approximately 8-12 weeks, home care is extremely important. 

After surgery homecare may consist of:

  • Crate or cage confinement for 10-14 days until sutures are removed

  • Room confinement and exercise restrictions for 6-8 weeks

  • No access to slippery flooring or stairs

    • No playing with other animals, running, jumping

    • Walking must be on a leash and controlled

  • Anti-inflammatory medications

  • A course of Cartrophen injections

  • Nutritional supplements for joint support such as glucosamine, fish oil or prescription joint diets

So far Ivy May and Bomba have been very brave and are recovering well.


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Peter Hartigan

Thank you for all your help and guidance with our new puppy Daisy. You are a wealth of knowledge. I am sure Daisy is in great hands now you and your professional team are there for her.

Ella Dickinson

Our deepest thanks for the kindness, empathy and care you showed our boy Henny John.. as well as us

Justin, Sarah & Jacqui

I can't thank the team enough for the professionalism and dignity you gave our Roxi