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Dr. Jessica Lin

Veterinarian

I was born in the UK, but spent most of my youth here in BC – up north in Terrace as a child, and in the Cowichan Valley as a teen. I went to vet school at Murdoch University in Western Australia, where I spent my free time kitesurfing on the Indian Ocean and camping in the outback with my two huskies!

After graduation, I completed an intensive internship at a top equine hospital in the UK before working in mixed equine/small-animal general practice. I then spent a few years with no fixed address while travelling abroad and locuming all over the UK as a small animal vet, from the island of Jersey to the Scottish borders and everywhere in between! I met my now-husband while backpacking in Jordan and eventually joined him to live in the French Pyrenees before returning home to the island in 2020. I enjoy the wide variety of cases here at Van Isle, and being able to work with such talented and team-oriented colleagues.

Outside of work, I travel whenever possible and enjoy all things outdoors – you may find me running, biking or hiking in the forest, surfing in Tofino, or snowboarding at Mt Washington! I care about mental wellness and encourage pet owners to learn about and support the #NotOneMoreVet initiative.

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Get a Cupcake and Support BC Animals in Need During Treat Week (Feb 24 - Mar 1, 2020)

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.

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Last updated: July 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

At this time, we will be maintaining our current health and safety policies as the province entered the next stage of on July 1, 2021.

Note: We will not be making changes to our health and safety policy until our staff have had the opportunity to receive their second vaccine.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day than we were pre-COVID.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

As of July 7, 2021, we are excited to invite our clients back into the exam rooms! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.

3. ONLINE ORDERS

The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE

4. OPERATING HOURS

During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

We are all looking forward to this next stage in our Province’s reopening and the future is looking bright! Thank you for helping us make this transition as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital