Welcome to
Northlands Animal Care Hospital

We will work together in a professional manner to serve our clients.


Exceptional Services,
Caring and Professional Staff

Our team is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of your pet.

Puppy Pre School

Anne Benson has been running our Puppy preschool for the past 15 years and her expertise with new puppies is of huge value to our new puppy owners . She is a graduate of NZQA National Certificate in dog handling.

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About Us

Northlands Animal Care Hospital was first established in the Papanui area in 1981. We then outgrew our original location (opposite Northlands Mall) and in 2000 moved into a brand new purpose built hospital.

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Drop Off Services

At Northlands Animal Care we realise that in today’s busy world, convenience is very important, so we are here to help our clients. If you are unable to bring your pet then we offer a drop off service.

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We Are A Cat Friendly Practice

Only The Best For Your Cat

We have proven we take extra steps that show we understand your cat’s unique needs. The program is designed to:

  • Help reduce the stress from visit to the veterinarian.
  • Improve the quality of care provided.
  • Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff has the knowledge and resources to understand cats’ distinct needs and behaviours.
What They’re Saying

The vets and nurses at Northlands Animal Care Hospital are experts in the care of my Service Dog. I trust them above all others. Keryn and Bree own the practice and genuinely adore the animals whom walk through their doors. Thanks Team.


Truly outstanding veterinary clinic that goes above and beyond! I can't speak highly enough of staff and vets at Northland Animal Care Hospital, always kind, caring and compassionate, none more so than in recent times when dealing with our special boy Micah with an ongoing chronic illness.
Special mention must be made of Keryn for her amazing knowledge, expertise and genuine caring which enabled us to have more time with our beloved boy.
Also to Bree for her kindness and compassion shown to our family.
If you are looking for outstanding care for your animals this is the place to go. Highly recommend!

Michelle Dorreen

I would highly recommend this vet, 100% great friendly down to earth staff, very accommodating and will go above and beyond to help with anything you need. Keryn and Erica were amazing. I can't thank them enough for all the help and support and ongoing help.

Stacey Lang

I came into Northlands clinic today with a very complex and sick little dog. We saw a lovely vet, Dr. Karen Valu - Her empathy, knowledge, and genuine care for animals (and their owners) makes her a standout professional. She is clear with advice but compassionate too. Dr. Valu listens, takes the time to understand my concerns and carefully considers the options and best course. Her compassion shines through her work, leaving a lasting impression and I'd wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Karen Valu here at Northlands Animal Care. Thank you guys!

Casey Walters

5 stars isn't enough!! Amazing vet, amazing staff and just great people. Northlands animal care was amazing with our little boy, very understanding and supportive and went above and beyond to make sure we understood our baby's diagnosis. They have been nothing but supportive of our boys' ongoing care. I couldn’t recommend these guys any more!!

Marcel and Kirsty Bramao

What!!! Did you say Silvi lets go mum lets go lets go. That's the reaction I get from my dogs when I tell them we are off to the vet to see Silvi and all our other friends. These guys are truly amazing and caring. I am sure they know every pet individually that walks through their doors. Although they are very busy they always have time when you really need them.
My dogs have a few issues going on, but everything is kept on top off allowing them to still enjoy their old age. The vets here are brilliant at understanding not only the pets needs but also that of the owners, and who gets a signed xmas card from all the staff nowadays. Every xmas we get a card and it's those small things that make you feel more than just an ATM.
Great that they are open 7 days as its a bit like your teeth, can guarantee toothache on a weekend and can't get to a dentist. Puts your mind at ease knowing your doggy doctor is just a call away 7 days. Nurses are all super friendly and the place is always super clean easy accessible with a heap of parking.
I live quite a long way from Northlands Animal Care but still travel as I feel it's worth it as my pets are comfortable here. The vets are amazing and they provide a top-notch service. NooNoo, Miley, Misty, and Theo would all agree.

Lisa Walker

I have been taking my spaniel and moggy cat here for over 4 years. The vets and staff are so knowledgeable and kind - I trust them completely with my fur babies and the whole team has always gone over and beyond and put me at ease during times they’ve needed surgery or emergency treatment. You can tell they genuinely care about the animal's well-being! Highly recommend.

Penny Newton

What an awesome team at this vets! They care for all our five dogs, and treat each dog as an individual with their own feelings. They are amazing if you have an emergency, as they will always make time for you. The vets keep up with the latest research and often have new ideas to help us. Have been with them for at least 10 years, which says it all, really.

Jan Evans-Freeman

The best veterinary practice in Christchurch by far. We recently had to put our precious little 18 year old dog to sleep and everyone present made the process so much easier for us, with such kindness, compassion and professionalism. And then we received a beautiful card with such a heartfelt and touching message a few days later. The entire Team is an absolute pleasure to deal with and we trust them absolutely to do the best for our doggy family. The standard of care is absolutely top class AAA+

Jo Caldwell

The most amazing team.
We are just so blessed to have such amazing vets. We travel out from north Canterbury north every time just because we TRUST them. They show compassion, experience, just overall excellent at what they do. They take such FANTASTIC care and the best advice for our pets. Truly superheroes. ❤️

Chantelle Richardson

Excellent veterinary clinic. We’ve been clients for 8 years and have never had any issues with the advice they’ve provided us (1 dog and 2 cats). Open 7 days which is super convenient. All the vets are really caring, very knowledgeable and personable. They truly love your pet and provide an empathetic and professional approach to their clients. Highly recommend.

Heather Devlin