BCSPCA Veterinarian of the Year 2017

We were truly honoured to have been awarded this year’s BCSPCA Veterinarian of the Year Award on Friday, May 5th in Richmond BC. Accepting the award on the entire team’s behalf was Candice Pacholuk – Practice Manager, Dr. Mireille de Winter, Dr. Yvette Maclean and Leanne Kelly – Lead RVT. Pictured below with Craig Daniell – CEO, BCSPCA and Jennifer Gore – President BCSPCA.


“The team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital in the Comox Valley always goes above and beyond to help the animals in the BC SPCA’s care. Since opening their doors in 2001, the entire team has been strong advocates for homeless and abused animals. They generously donate their time or provide significantly discounted prices to the SPCA and regularly work overtime on BC SPCA animals at no cost. Their dedication to the community’s most vulnerable animals and their ongoing support has helped save so many animal lives. Van Isle Veterinary Hospital staff have fostered animals, assisted with animal cruelty seizures and even professionally groomed SPCA animals at no charge. In addition, the hospital sponsors and supports BC SPCA fundraising events each year.” – BCSPCA

“We are thrilled to see them provincially recognized for the work that they do right here in the Comox Valley for our community’s animals” – Emily Priestly, Comox SPCA


“Supporting our community and helping local animals in need is a culture we’ve easily embraced. Not only do we take pride in what we do, but working alongside the SPCA has become a part of our identity over the past 16 yrs. We enjoy any opportunity to support our local shelter and sick or injured pets through local fundraisers such as our annual National Cup Cake Days (thank goodness we have Sherry – our animal health technician/cupcake baker extraordinaire!), Paws for a Cause gold sponsors, open houses, the Pet Smart Grant, SPCA kids camps and even the use of our own Oscar Fund to help those special cases and pets who need some extra TLC. We look forward to working together for many years to come ”  – Candice Pacholuk, Manager, VIVH

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Incredibly caring and compassionate for both human and animal family members. They provided a safe and trusting place for us…

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Professional friendly service. We were very happy that they were flexible enough to accomodate our walk-in minor emergency.

Zack Green

I have only been here once but received the most friendly and professional service. The staff are excellent, very thorough…


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Cupcake Day

National Cupcake Day

Van Isle Veterinary Hospital had an amazing turn out on Monday, February 26th for this year’s National Cupcake Day for the SPCA.Hospital would like to say a heartfelt thank you to this amazing community for your support and your love of cupcakes. The team worked extremely hard and baked over 65 dozen cupcakes in preparation for the big day! Sales were already in motion before the doors opened with support from other local businesses in the Comox Valley ordering cupcakes for their own staff and families.Big thank you to Boseley’s, Comox Valley Nissan, Comox Valley Volkswagen, Invis Mortgages and Galaxy Motors who came together to support our National Cupcake Day!Not only were the cupcakes delicious, the staff at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital were also able to show off some of their hidden talents and did not disappoint!Together, the team raised over $2200.00 for their local, Comox SPCA Branch. Thank you, Comox Valley for helping us help pets in need. We can’t wait until next year!!Here are a few photos from the day:Written by Candice Pacholuk

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