Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
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Being a Vet Assistant

Here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, we provide a broad spectrum of treatments and procedures. On average, between our veterinarians and animal health technicians, we treat over 85 patients per day. Within our facility, we have a double surgical suite operating room, dental centre, digital x-ray and ultrasound services, endoscopy, large treatment area, pharmacy, in-house laboratory, rehab facility, and cat and dog wards.

Jodi Puppy

We are here for our clients seven days a week, working late into the evenings Monday to Friday. For a facility such as this to operate efficiently and effectively while maintaining quality care to each patient, we have a large and talented team of individuals running the show. Among these individuals, are crucial (and often unseen) group of individuals. These are our fantastic Vet Assistants.


The role of being a vet assistant is a complex and essential part of our business, and we’d like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to these truly special team members. These are the people who are hands-on with your beloved companion when they are admitted or taken to our treatment area and make sure your pet gets that extra belly rub or scratch behind the ears they need while in our care.

Andy Beau

Often our assistants are referred to as ‘runners’ because as the name indicates, these staff members are often running to help whomever, wherever and whenever needed. They do the unsung tasks that are sometimes overlooked, but so key to the successful operation of our hospital. The role of the vet assistant includes euthanasia, overall hospital cleaning, keeping up with laundry, equipment maintenance, surgical instrument sterilization, cleaning kennels, walking, feeding, making sure our patients have access to fresh water, handling pets appropriately so our veterinarians and technicians can safely perform their treatments, assisting with surgical procedures, blood draws, and did we mention all that laundry?!


At Van Isle Veterinary we are lucky enough to have a team of more than ten people who take on this important role and are dedicated to the care of your pets and the efficient operation of our hospital. If you think you have what it takes to be an amazing vet assistant or would like more information on the role, contact your local veterinary hospital for valuable resources and advice.

We LOVE our Vet Assistants… We sure wouldn’t last a day without you!

Written by: Van Isle Veterinary Hospital



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: September 22, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


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 then we were pre-COVID.



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


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.

We are OPEN with the following hours:

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

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital