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

Hamilton Hill Vet Dr Jess is an experienced veterinary surgeon with a keen interest in emergency and critical care. Raised locally in Spearwood, she graduated from Murdoch University in 2001 and also passed her post-graduate membership exams in emergency and critical care medicine with the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2007. She has completed post-graduate courses and practical workshops in complex soft tissue surgical techniques, orthopaedic practical training in fracture repair, critical care procedures, ultrasonography and advanced veterinary dental procedures including intraoral radiology and surgery.

     Dr Jess 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 hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs and chinchillas. 

     Dr Jess is a very strong believer in continuing professional development (CPD), and avidly attends vet conferences and courses. Dr Jess loves to read journal articles to stay up-to-date, and researches her cases thoroughly 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 long-haired Chihuahua Teddy. 


Registered Veterinary Surgeon in Western Australia


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Murdoch)

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology (Murdoch)

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

Professional memberships

Member of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)

Member of the Centre for Veterinary Education (CVE), University of Sydney

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

Hamilton Hill Vet Dr Michael Chia has lived locally in Spearwood since the good ol' 90s. From an early age, Michael wanted to be a marine biologist or a vet, inspired by David Attenborough & Jacques Cousteau documentaries and the semi-autobiographical books of James Herriot. He earned an honours degree for his research on tropical fish anaesthesia at the National University of Singapore (NUS), before undertaking veterinary studies at Murdoch University. After qualifying as a vet in 2001, he worked in various busy practices in Perth, including the Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital, as an emergency vet clinician and vet registrar for 4 years.

     Dr Mike loves surgery especially orthopaedic procedures and has completed post-graduate training courses on cranial cruciate ligament rupture repair, medial patella luxation correction, and the use of locking plates for fracture repair. Always a strong believer in continuing professional development, he has also completed the intensive AOVet surgery courses on fracture management principles and advanced fracture repair techniques.

     Michael co-authored the surgery chapter in a fish medicine textbook and his novel canine case report was accepted for peer-reviewed publication in the international Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (JVECC). He also recently co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on canine pyometra.

     Dr Michael loves spending time with his pet fish, a cheeky Chihuahua called Butters, and a mischievious Minature Dachshund called Snausage. He tries to play the bass guitar whenever he can and has just started to learn to play the Irish tin whistle.


Registered Veterinary Surgeon in Western Australia


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Murdoch)

Bachelor of Science (2nd Upper Honours) in Zoology (NUS)

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology (Murdoch)

Bachelor of Science (Merit) in Mathematics & Biology (NUS)

Professional memberships

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)

Member of the AOVET (veterinary trauma and orthopaedic surgery)


Chia M. P. Acute onset of generalized tremors, mild ataxia, and hyperesthesia in a young dog after presumptive ingestion of a giant sea hare belonging to the genus Aplysia. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2015 Nov-Dec;25(6):778-82. doi: 10.1111/vec.12258. Epub 2014 Nov 26. PMID: 25427849

Rungphattanachaikul, S., Akatvipat, A., Chia, M. P. C., Na Lampang , K., & Sthitmatee, N. A retrospective study of suspected pyometra causing systemic illness in 348 dogs. Veterinary Integrative Sciences. 2021; 19(2): 141–152.

Chia, M. & Loh R. (Surgery Chapter co-author in) Fish Vetting Essentials 2011; (Ed: Loh R. and Landos M.) ISBN 978-0-9871571-0-2

Chia, M. Effects of 2-phenoxyethanol on tropical fish 1998; Honours degree dissertation, Science Library, National University of Singapore

Hamilton Hill Vet
10/1 Simms Road
Hamilton Hill WA 6163

Phone: (08) 9337 8840
Phone: (08) 9337 8850

Afterhours Emergencies
For out-of-hours emergencies, please call WAVES Emergency (08) 9412 5700
or Murdoch University Pet Emergency Centre (08) 9360 2494

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