It must be hard to find out what’s wrong with a pet when they can’t tell you.

At Halifax Veterinary Centre, we have heard this phrase hundreds, maybe even thousands, of times. And yes, it can be hard. However your pet will tell us a great deal by its body language and how it responds as we examine it. Often you’ll give us clues too. That isn’t always enough and we may need to do further diagnostic tests. We have the capacity to perform a broad range of diagnostic tests on site, and quickly too, so that often within minutes we can have narrowed down a long list of possible disorders to a handful, or even to a specific diagnosis. This is especially valuable for critically ill or emergency patients for whom the delay in waiting for tests from an outside laboratory could be fatal.

It is also important that we are able to diagnose the problem accurately before we start treatment. Not only so that we can provide the best treatment, but also so we’re aware of other underlying health problems that affect your pet’s ability to respond to treatment, or to tolerate certain medications.
Animal Hospital  X-ray


Modern X-ray equipment helps with accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Animal Hospital Laboratory Nelson


We have the equipment and skills to perform a wide range of laboratory tests immediately on site.



Ultrasound is non-invasive and painless and enables us to see the inner detail of organs for greater diagnostic accuracy.



The Nelson Radiology Group is now offering Halifax Veterinary Centre the ability to do CT and MRI scans for pets.

Vet using endoscope on a dog


Our inhouse endoscopy equipment allows us to investigate using minimally invasive techniques.

Hear what our customers have to say

We choose to travel from Mapua to the Halifax Vet Clinic, Nelson with our pets because we find the vet team to be highly skilled and extremely professional. Their diagnostic skills are excellent, and their verbal explanations and written documentation ensure the pet owners are fully informed of the problems, subsequent treatment and aftercare.

Halifax has extremely sophisticated diagnostic equipment which enables fast, on the spot diagnosis, and hence quicker and more targeted treatment. The veterinary nurses also have a wide knowledge base and are extremely helpful, especially with phone queries.

In view of the above we are totally satisfied our loved pets will get the best care and attention possible.

Jill and Peter Smillie, Mapua

A big thank you to Josie’s extended family at Halifax Veterinary Centre. I wish to thank you all for making Josie feel special not just to me but also to yourselves as well. Your care for her over the years is something that I will always treasure and respect. She was my special friend for nine years and I feel we were all lucky to have a share in her friendship.

Wayne Greig