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Northern Ireland Veterinary Specialists

About us

About us

Northern Ireland Veterinary Specialists (NiVS) is Ireland’s first and only multidisciplinary Specialist-led small animal referral hospital.

The hospital is conveniently located just outside Hillsborough, County Down close to the A1 and M1 motorway network.

Veterinary experts

Our team of American and European Specialists are highly competent in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of soft tissue, orthopaedic, neurosurgical and cardiovascular conditions.

We only see cases referred by veterinary surgeons for specialist diagnosis or treatment.

Effective communication

We will work with you to make referral as simple as possible and provide owners with the best treatment options for their pets.

In conjunction with our dedicated nursing and support teams, we will provide pragmatic, clear and efficient communication throughout the referral process for both clients and referring vets.

Unrivalled care

The hospital is staffed 24-hours per day by a truly superb team of qualified veterinary surgeons, and highly experienced veterinary nurses.

We aim to provide the highest standards of medical and surgical care for pets, in a caring and compassionate environment.

State-of-the art

NiVS is equipped with world class diagnostic equipment and treatment facilities.

We are always happy to show our referring vets around the hospital, please contact us if you would like to arrange a tour of the practice.


We are the only small animal specialists working in Northern Ireland and see cases referred to us by general veterinary practitioners from all over the country.


Meet the team

Our friendly and compassionate team of vets and nurses endeavour to treat every patient referred to us as if they were our own. We have come together from the largest multi-disciplinary specialist referral hospitals and academic institutions across the UK and Ireland and bring with us an unrivalled level of specialist experience. We aim to provide the very best veterinary care at every aspect of our work, so you can rest assured that when referred to NiVS, the pets under our care are in the very best of hands.

Meet the team

COVID-19 Update

Our practices are open and providing routine, urgent and emergency referral care for your patients. We continue to work safely with social distancing and a combination of telephone consultations and on-site examinations. GP vets should contact our referral centres directly for clinical advice on cases.