OPEN DAY & 10th Birthday Celebration Saturday 21st September

Have you ever wondered what happens in a vet hospital? Come behind the scenes at Erina Heights Vet Hospital and help us celebrate our 10th Birthday!

Bring your pets along and join us for a fun filled day with:

  • Tours of the Hospital
  • Meet our Vets and Nurses
  • Market Stalls
  • Photo Booth
  • Fire Engine from Wamberal Fire Brigade
  • Wildlife Demonstrations
  • Face Painting
  • Activities for the Kids
  • Competitions and Giveaways


All funds raised on the day will go to Wildlife Arc and Wamberal Fire Brigade so come along help us support our local community.

When: Saturday 21st September 2019

Time: 10am – 2pm

Where: Erina Heights Vet Hospital, 661 Central Coast Highway, Wamberal NSW 2260

WELCOME Dr Ellise Cumming & Dr Mel Prunster

We are busier than ever at Erina Heights Vet Hospital and so we have expanded to welcome another two vets to our team!

Dr Ellise Cumming completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, following on from previous studies with a Bachelor of Commerce (Business Economics) and Bachelor of Science (Biology). Ellise is familiar with working as a vet on the Central Coast, and has joined our team to expand her skills in medicine and surgery. Ellise enjoys caring for dogs and cats, but she also has a strong interest in wildlife and pocket pet medicine, including rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. Welcome Ellise!

Dr Mel Prunster completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University. Mel is passionate about behavioural medicine, having completed the University of Sydney Centre for Veterinary Education distance education course in Behavioural Medicine in 2018. Mel aims to develop a low stress and fear free veterinary clinic, important for the comfort of our patients and clients. Welcome Mel!

NEW Ultrasound with Dr Jesse Hughes

Erina Heights Vet Hospital is committed to providing your pet with the highest standard of patient care. Recently, we acquired a brand new ultrasound machine – a significant upgrade from our previous model.

Dr Jesse Hughes has also completed his Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound (Abdominal) through the University of Melbourne. Ultrasound is frequently used in veterinary practice, particularly for diagnosing diseases of the abdomen in unwell animals, and can be performed conscious or with light sedation.

From Dr Jesse Hughes:

Our new ultrasound machine provides excellent image quality and detail, allowing us to diagnose tricky cases, such as finding an elusive foreign body that a pet has eaten!

Online Booking is Here!

We are excited to introduce ONLINE BOOKING! You can now book your pets’ appointments online, from the convenience of your mobile device or computer, at any time of day or night. You can do this via the link on our website, or the BOOK NOW button on our Facebook page, or click this link HERE to try it out now. We will still have some appointments available outside of the times listed on the online booking platform, so if these times do not suit, or your pet needs to be seen as an emergency, please call the clinic on 0243845888.

We will also now be transitioning to sending reminders for vaccinations and check ups via email and SMS text message, rather than the traditional snail mail system. We hope this will reduce our impact on the environment by reducing paper waste.

NEW Dental Radiography

We have recently upgraded our dental equipment, and now have a brand new state-of-the-art dental radiology suite. Dental radiographs are essential when performing dental procedures, as they can show enamel defects, hidden bone loss and infections under the gum line, before they cause discomfort to your pet. Our new equipment provides high-resolution dental images with a super-fast processing time. We can achieve a full mouth series of radiographs in a matter of minutes. If our vets recommend a dental procedure for your pet, they will most likely also recommend dental radiographs. Ask us about this service next time you are in.


Simon The Brave

Exhausted to the point of collapse and coated in oil, the suffering pelican climbed the bank of Ourimbah Creek to the safety of a suburban backyard. At a glance it looked like the adult bird was dead, but once residents of the property got a closer look, they saw that he was still breathing – just.

“We had to do something, we couldn’t just let him suffer; so, we called Seabird Rescue.”

Once Seabird Rescue were contacted, they responded immediately, and the oil-coated pelican, now known as Simon the Brave, was taken into care.

“Initially we thought Simon had botulism [a paralytic disease brought on by neurotoxins] but after further investigation we realised that that wasn’t the case.” Cathy Gilmore from Seabird Rescue told us. 

Simon was initially treated for shock and dehydration. He was then cleaned. Simon’s carers were deeply saddened at the sight of such a majestic creature, who although in a life-threatening state, franticly tried to preen the thick oil from his body. Once Simon was stable, he was treated with antibiotics and parasitic medications.

The days following were touch and go for Simon the Brave, but thanks to the ongoing care of committed volunteers and Veterinary staff, Simon’s condition improved. However, before the beloved bird could be released, he required blood testing to ensure that any toxicity he had endured had not damaged his liver, and also that all infection had gone.

Last week, Simon visited Erina Heights Veterinary Hospital for his final check up and blood test. After a thorough examination, Dr Melissa Kozaruk drew blood from Simon’s pouch, and the sample was then sent off to an avian pathology laboratory.


“We all fell a little in love with Simon, so the entire team was anxiously awaiting the results of his blood tests.” Dr Melissa said. 

Thankfully, Simon’s tests came back all clear. And a few days later he was released back into the wild. Dr Melissa is confident that Simon the Brave will live a long and healthy life providing he is able to keep clear of toxins in the water and rubbish hazards.    

Team News

We wish to welcome back Dr Holly Boyden, who has returned to EHVH after her maternity leave. Dr Holly will be available for consultations on Thursdays and Fridays, and occasional Saturdays. Dr Holly’s interests include emergency and critical care medicine, anaesthesia and complex medical cases. Welcome back Holly!



We also welcome Dr Cameron Keller to our veterinary team. Dr Cameron joins us for a change of scenery, after spending his first couple of years in practice in Northern NSW. Dr Cameron is well travelled, originally from USA (can you spot his accent?!), and graduated from University College Dublin, Ireland. Cameron’s interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine. Welcome Cameron!


“Ullr” the Cat Burglar Swallows a Ring

Introducing “Ullr” the cat burglar! Ullr presented to Dr Laura Piddington after Ullr’s mum suspected that Ullr may have swallowed her precious ring after he was seen to be playing with it and then it disappeared! Dr Laura confirmed via X-rays that Ullr had indeed swallowed the ring! Dr Laura performed an exploratory laparotomy to retrieve the missing ring and Ullr has now made an excellent recovery. Hopefully Ullr doesn’t attempt this party trick again!


Team News

After what seemed to be the never ending birth of baby boys at EHVH, we congratulate Dr Holly Boyden and nurse Caroline Engel on the birth of their beautiful baby girls! Both babies are doing well.

While Dr Holly is on maternity leave, we also welcome Dr Catherine Thomas to the team at EHVH. Dr Catherine did her undergraduate training with us, and has a keen interest in complex medical cases and diagnostic imaging.

We also welcome Amanda and Laura to our veterinary nursing team. Amanda has extensive nursing experience, having previously worked at a busy vet hospital in the Hunter Valley region. Amanda is also currently completing a Diploma in Emergency medicine. Laura now joins our team after finishing her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, and is also a trained phlebotomist!

Welcome Catherine, Amanda and Laura!



The Outback Pet Project

As you may of heard, our farmers are struggling in the state-wide drought, and their working dogs and pets are also seeing the flow on effects. To support our farmers and their families, we are currently running a fundraising project. We are asking our pet community to lend a hand by donating a bag of pet food or pet care products, and items will be taken to Tamworth on September 22nd, to be distributed to families in need.