Advice, Services and Treatments for All Pet Types

Xray of Blue-tongue Lizard

Xray of Blue-tongue Lizard

Our staff are widely experienced with common and more exotic pets.

We stand by the quality of our professional services and believe you won’t find more caring treatment anywhere else. We use a holistic scientific approach to find the best treatment for your pet.

Check the tabs on the left for information more specific to your pet.

Birds

Birds

If you are a bird lover the Ark Animal Hospital in Palmerston is the best vet to go to. Birds are beautiful pets if they’re cared for properly and at the Ark Animal Hospital your birds are truly well looked after by our experienced vets.

Remember the most important person in your bird’s life is you, closely followed by the veterinarian who you pay to look after it.

Our veterinarians and veterinary nurses are very experienced in handling and treating birds. We do treat all birds from pet chicken to endangered species like the Masked Owl.

Vet services for birds

Some of the products we sell for birds

  • Parasite control products.
  • Selected bird food.
  • Selected supplements for birds.

Dr. Stephen Cutter is also the Patron of the Northern Territory Avicultural Society Inc. and our vet Dr. Jessica Eastley was nominated as “Australian of the Day” for her work as a veterinarian with special interest in birds.

Vet Jessica Eastley

Charity work for native bird species

Our wildlife rescue organization Ark Aid Inc treats hundreds of native birds each year. We provide full veterinary service for our wildlife including surgery. Our charity has treated a wide range of bird species from eagles, to jabiru, blue-footed boobys, to the endangered Masked Tiwi owls.

We also do Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) testing on a regular basic for our native parrots.

Darwin's Bird vet Wildlife bird rescue Darwin Surgery on a parrot Wildlife bird rescue Darwin

 

 

Cats

Cats

The Ark Animal Hospital is a cat friendly vet clinic. We are dedicated to the health and welfare of cats. Our vet clinic has cat friendly facilities and a long term commitment to cat rescue groups. We also offer free cat speys and castrations organized by our charity Ark Aid Inc.

Because if their unique nature and needs, taking a cat to a vet, can be very stressful.
That’s why we always aim to

  • minimize stress during handling, examinations and procedures.
  • have a dedicated hospital room for cats.
  • set up appropriate cat hospital cages with two levels if needed.
  • undertake constant training for our staff to improve their knowledge about treating cats.

Veterinary Services for your cat

Some of the products we sell for cats

  • Premium Cat Foods.
  • Selected Cat Toys.
  • Transport cages.
  • Selected Treats.

We also offer free dental checks for your cat.

Our commitment to local cat charities

Did you know the Ark Animal Hospital is the main supporter of Top End Rehoming Inc? This Darwin and Katherine based pet rescue organization is specialized in rehoming cats and kittens. In 2016 we donated more than $30.000 in veterinary services to Top End Rehoming Inc.  Most desexings, vaccinations, microchipping and other veterinary service is provided by our vet clinic.

The Ark Animal Hospital also desexed 42 male cats for Darwin Animal Rescue Group.

Ark Aid Inc – Free Desexing program

In 2016 our charity Ark Aid Inc. was successful in applying for two grants to offer free cat desexing for concession card holders. We desexed 220 cats in the Darwin region for free and microchiped 100 of these cats also for free.

In 2017 we have another free 120 free surgery spots for cat speys and cat castrations for concession card holders including pensioners. We also set up a cat education initiative called EveryCat

Two of our three clinic cats Finn and Ari.

 

Dogs

Dogs

Looking for the best vet for your dog in Darwin or Palmerston? The Ark Animal Hospital offers expert and affordable veterinary services for the Darwin region. We will help you care for your dog.

Our dedicated team is always here for you and your dog from puppy vaccination, to emergency surgery, dental care, health checks for older dogs and much more. The Ark Animal Hospital has modern, purpose-built hospital and offers a high quality of care with the latest surgical and diagnostic equipment.

Learn more about our veterinary service for dogs

Our Free Services

We’re always looking for ways to give you the best possible service and ways to help reduce the likelihood of future illness.

That’s why we offer a range of free advice to help you care for your dog.

  • Free dental check-ups
  • Free expert advice for parasite control flea/tick products
  • Free advice on pet nutrition, diets and quality pet food

Some of the products we sell for dogs

  • Tick, Flea and Heart worm Prevention Products.
  • Premium Dog Foods.
  • Dog Toys.
  • Treats.
  • Leads and Collars.
  • Dental Products.
  • Transport cages.
  • Dog Shampoos.

Veterinary Service and Tips from our vets

Find more in our Fact sheet Section 

We are also working with AMRRIC – Animal Management in Rural and Remote Communities and offer veterinary services to communities in Northern Australia and Western Australia. Dr. Stephen Cutter our principal veterinarian was founding member of AMRRIC and has been on the AMRRIC board for several years making a difference for dogs in communities.

Frogs, Fish, and other Exotic Pets

Frogs, Fish, and other Exotic Pets

  • Meet our staff’s exotic pets
  • We’ve treated every thing from Danios to whip rays.
  • We care about all species and are experienced in treating them. We treat both them and their owners with respect.
  • If you don’t feel your normal vet is comfortable treating these species we are happy to help.
  • We keep and care for a wide range of fish, frogs and others ourselves so we know what we are talking about.
  • Our x-ray is capable of making clear images of even the tiniest of pets.
Lizards, Snakes, other Reptiles

Lizards, Snakes, other Reptiles

Our vet clinic has a special interest in exotic pets such as reptiles and snakes.

At The Ark Animal Hospital we love to see all animals including reptiles, snakes, turtles and lizards. Some of veterinarians and veterinary nurses have a few of them as pets and several are certified snake handler. We expertly treat snakes, lizards, turtles, and other reptiles.

Why choose us to be your reptile vet?

  • We’ve treated everything from geckos, to oenpelli pythons to inland taipans to boa constrictors.
  • We care about all species of reptiles and are experienced in treating them. We treat both them and their owners with respect.
  • We keep and care for a wide range of reptiles ourselves so we know what we are talking about.
  • We have two vets and three nurses who are certified in Venomous Snake Handling

If you don’t feel your normal vet is comfortable treating these species we are happy to help.

Veterinary Service for your snake, turtle, lizard

    • General health check-ups including dietary or housing recommendations
    • Soft tissue and orthapaedic surgery.
    • Behaviour analysis and discussion
    • Advanced diagnostic imaging (x-rays etc). Our xray is capable of making clear images of even the tiniest of pets.
    • Complete Parasite control – reptile mites, ticks and worms.
    • Sexing.
    • Sunshine Virus testing.

snake

You can find more information in our fact sheet area

Charity work for native reptiles

Our charity Ark Aid Inc. offers free veterinary service for native wildlife including all reptiles. One of the most common injuries we see are dog attacks in native snakes which often require surgery.

Rabbits

Rabbits

  • We care about rabbits and are experienced in treating them.
  • We desex and treat rabbits regularly.
  • Obesity is a major problem in rabbits. We are experienced in weight loss and prevention advice.
  • Teeth problems are common in rabbits. All of the rabbit’s teeth continue to grow throughout its life. Poor diet and poor genetics make the teeth grow in inappropriate directions causing all sorts of problems.
Rodents (Rats, Mice and Guinea Pigs)

Rodents (Rats, Mice and Guinea Pigs)

Looking for a pocket pet vets who is experienced in treating rats, mice, guinea pigs or sugar glider? The Ark Animal Hospital has a special interest in supporting you as a pet owner. We especially promote desexing and offer a special set price for all rat, mice, guinea pig and glider speys and castrations.

Vet service for rats, mice, guinea pigs and sugar glider

We care about all species of rodents and are experienced in treating them. We treat both them and their owners with respect.  We desex and treat rodents regularly.

If you don’t feel your normal vet is comfortable treating these species we are happy to help. Desexing your pet rodent can greatly extend its lifespan and protect its health in addition to preventing unwanted breeding and sexual behaviour.

Our xray is capable of making clear images of even the tiniest of pets. 

Obesity is a major problem in rodents. We are experienced in weight loss and prevention advice.

Teeth problems are common in rodents. All of the their teeth continue to grow throughout its life. Poor diet and poor genetics make the teeth grow in inappropriate directions causing all sorts of problems.

Charity work for native rodents

Our wildlife rescue organization Ark Aid Inc also treats native rodents. We provide full veterinary service for our wildlife including surgery. We especially love our as vulnerable listed Black-Footed tree rats.

Wildlife

Wildlife

The Ark Animal Hospital is main sponsor for all Wildlife Rescue in the Darwin region.

Ark Aid Inc – Charity

The Ark Animal Hospital has a strong commitment to the community. That’s why we are the main sponsor of Ark Aid Inc.

Ark Aid Inc. is a charity which provides free veterinary services to wildlife and runs educational programs. Dr. Stephen Cutter, the president of ArkAid Inc., has provided free service for native wildlife for over fifteen years now. Ark Aid Inc was founded in 2012 but this wildlife service was listed under the name Darwin Wildlife Rescue before.

Ark Aid Inc. has a dedicated wildlife room set up in our vet clinic in Yarrawonga Palmerston and we sponsor her by providing professional time and medications.

Most of our nurses and vets volunteer their times and expertise to help our native wildlife in Darwin.  Our diverse and dedicated veterinary team and supporters are united by a deep passion for wildlife and conservation.

The Ark Animal Hospital provides service to wildlife in the Darwin region but also offers advice to remote communities and carers national wide.

Wildlife Rescue Service for Darwin

  • We have qualified, professional, experienced, caring wildlife vets & veterinary Nurses.
  • We support Wildlife Rescue Darwin – which is operated by the charity Ark Aid Inc.
  • We provide vet services to the Territory Wildlife Park, Nina’s Ark – a Wildlife Sanctuary near Batchelor and Wildcare Inc.
  • We treat a wide range of wildlife every day and more than 2000 native animals each year.
  • We’ve treated every thing from quolls, sea turtles, birds of prey to wallaroos.
  • We care for and treat all species of wildlife so we know what we are talking about.

Want to know more about our service, please visit our website www.wildlifedarwin.org.au
See photos of our work at the Territory Wildlife Park

Sea turtle being treated - Wildlife Rescue Darwin

Sea turtle being treated

 

Sea Turtle brought in for treatment - Wildlife Rescue Darwin

Sea Turtle brought in for treatment