Our Clinic

A Warm, Welcoming and Modern Veterinary Clinic.

front-deskAvonhead Vets is the culmination of a goal by Peter McLean to combine both Hyde Park and Avonhead Clinics into one new purpose-built, small animal hospital in Christchurch.

The new clinic opened its doors in November 2008, offering the benefits of the latest in veterinary technology and superb facilities.

Peter is joined by a highly-skilled team of vets and nurses, all committed to continuing education to bring the highest standard of knowledge and care for your pets.

We are committed to providing high-quality medical, surgical and nursing care to our animal patients, superior service to our (human!) clients and a safe, enjoyable environment for everyone.

Our caring team of animal health professionals are compassionate, knowledgeable and focused on meeting the needs of all our pet owners. We are dedicated to providing client education, preventative care, and open and honest communication.

We aim to provide professional excellence in veterinary service while forming close, long-term relationships with pets and their owners.


The clinic presents a warm, welcoming reception area, a display of premium food we believe best serves your pet’s nutritional needs, along with merchandise available for purchase accompanied by qualified advice.

The hospital facilities feature separate wards for out-feline and -canine patients, reducing stress during their stay. In-floor heating, heat pumps and ventilation systems make for a warm, cosy environment.

We have a full array of diagnostic equipment available on-site:

  • Blood Biochemistry analyser and Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine producing a full blood picture in less than 10 minutes.

Our laboratory facilities also provide:

  • Test for diabetes;
  • Feline Aids virus, Leukaemia and Guardia tests;
  • In-house urinalysis;
  • Microscopy – haematology/cytology/dermatology.

Our radiology unit allows fast diagnostic imaging within minutes, ready for veterinary interpretation.

Ultrasound is also available, providing moving real-time images allowing us to examine the insides of internal organs, diagnosing tumours, cardiac disorders, pregnancy and much more.

The fast turnaround diagnostic period allows more immediate efficient treatment for your pet.

Our sterile operating theatre is equipped for orthopaedic, elective and emergency surgery with positive air-flow ventilation, a modern anaesthetic machine and the latest in anaesthetic patient monitoring machine equipment including blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate and temperature, with close monitoring at all times.

We have separate dental facilities allowing the best dental care for your pet, including dental scaling, polishing, extractions and pulpotomies.

At Avonhead Vets we understand the special role your pets play in your family. It is our aim to preserve that relationship by providing the best in veterinary medicine, delivered with compassion, integrity and good old-fashioned care.