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Hamilton Hill Veterinary Hospital
Dr Jessica Smit  BVMS BSc(Vet) MANZCVS(Emergency & Critical Care)

Hamilton Hill Vet Dr Jessica Smit is an experienced veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in emergency and critical care. Raised locally in Spearwood, she graduated from the Murdoch University Veterinary School in 2001 and also passed the rigorous post-graduate membership exams in emergency and critical care medicine with the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2007. She also has been busy attending professional development courses in complex soft tissue surgery (e.g. Professor Howard Seim's advanced soft tissue surgical skills course), and at the same time developing her skills in advanced veterinary dental procedures and intraoral radiology.

     Dr Jess previously worked for over 10 years as an intensive care unit (ICU) & emergency vet at two referral specialist centres in Australia. She also worked overseas in a very busy Singapore practice where she had the interesting opportunity to treat many unusual & exotic pets, such as red-eared terrapins, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. 

     A strong believer of continuing professional development (CPD), Dr Jess avidly reads journals, textbooks, consults experts and researches her cases to give them the best possible outcomes. When she gets a chance in her busy schedule, Dr Jess loves spending time with her family and her rescue dogs Lolly (Pomeranian X Spitz) and Sweetie (Chihuahua). 


Registered Veterinary Surgeon in Western Australia


Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery 

Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Emergency & Critical Care)

Professional memberships

Member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS)

Member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

Member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

Member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)

To make an appointment to see Dr Jessica, please call (08) 9337 8840

Hamilton Hill Veterinary Hospital
Dr Michael Chia  BVMS BSc(Vet) BSc(Hons)

Hamilton Hill Vet Dr Michael Chia has lived in Spearwood since the good ol' 90s but grew up in a semi-rural part of Singapore surrounded by a menagerie of livestock and pets (including insects and spiders). His formative years were spent at the National University of Singapore (NUS) pursuing a degree in biology and mathematics, followed by an honours zoology degree researching the effects of tropical fish anaesthesia. 

     Dr Mike subsequently gained his veterinary qualifications in 2001 from Murdoch University Veterinary School, completing a special topic rotation in zoological medicine and was awarded an academic high distinction for an independent study contract on parasites of economically important Western Australian finfish.

     Early on his career, Dr Mike completed an internship in equine racetrack practice and also a very enjoyable externship at the world-renowned Rossdales & Partners in Newmarket, UK.

     Dr Mike moved back to Perth in 2005 where he worked several years in general practice. He eventually returned to Murdoch University to work as an emergency vet clinician and later on as a vet registrar for 4 years, helping to train the next generation of vet students. He has attended post-graduate continuing professional development (CPD) in diverse topics such as cardiology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, aquatic health & wildlife management.

     As the principal orthopaedic surgeon at Hamilton Hill Vet, Dr Mike has also completed the training courses on TTA-MMP cruciate repair, medial patella luxation correction, use of locking plates and the AOVet course on advanced techniques in fracture management. He is the co-author of the surgery chapter in a pet fish medicine textbook and has recently prepared a canine case report that was accepted for peer-reviewed publication in the international Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (JVECC).

     Michael adores his family and two little rescue dogs Lolly and Sweetie. When not staring at his aquarium & aquatic plants, reading army story books, or watching sci-fi / fantasy shows, Michael is also a hobby muso on the bass and keyboards.


Registered Veterinary Surgeon in Western Australia


Bachelor of Science (Merit) in Biology and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (2nd Upper Honours) in Zoology

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)

Member of the AOVET (veterinary trauma and orthopaedic surgery)

To make an appointment to see Dr Michael, please call (08) 9337 8840



10/1 Simms Road.
Hamilton Hill. WA 6163

Phone: (08) 9337 8840
(Open 7 days)

Afterhours Emergencies
For out-of-hours emergencies, please call WAVES Emergency at (08) 9412 5700

For non-urgent matters and bookings, please call during normal opening hours.