Tracker; Clinic Pet Fish!

Have you ever had that feeling you’re being watched? If you’ve been into the reception area here at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, then you’ve probably experienced just that! If you haven’t already, next time you are in, stop and say hello to Tracker, our big orange fish, who will be watching you intently from his beautiful tank.  Don’t be shy – he loves the attention and will even follow you as you move about the lobby to try and get it!  Tracker loves to meet and interact with everyone who comes in, but particularly loves children. He’s definitely a ham of a fish.

Tracker will do his best to follow your finger, race you to the other side of the tank or generally just show off to get your attention.  He is notoriously curious and loves to see everything that’s going on.

Tracker has quite the cheeky personality as well as far as fish go. He doesn’t like the other fish to get into his space when he’s performing and he finds the two big silver dollar fish quite annoying when he is mid-routine.  He’ll chase them off and start all over again.  His all-time favourite is to come up to the glass and give kisses.

We always know if this big guy’s breakfast is late!  As soon as we open the doors and turn on the lights, he will make eye contact and hold his position until you get the hint.

Tracker is a Blood Parrot Cichlid, which is an oddball type of man-made hybrid.  This species was first created in Taiwan around 1986 from the Midas and the Redhead Cichlid.  Adult fish like Tracker can grow to a length of 8 inches (20cm) and can reach ages of between 10 and 15 years. Tracker was born in 2008 and was donated to the hospital when he outgrew his owner’s tank and has become a pretty special, loved member of our Van Isle Family.

fish tank

Update: It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to our Tracker on Tuesday, Jan 23rd, 2018. After recently being treated for an on-going condition and 11 years of a happy-go-lucky life, he is now at rest.

Written by Van Isle Veterinary Hospital


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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.


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.


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.


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. 

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