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.

Emergency Veterinary Hospital Open 24 Hours a Day

Alixe Varnel

Lead Veterinary Assistant
Alixe grew up on the mainland and made her way to beautiful Vancouver Island 7 years ago. She received her certificate in veterinary assisting from Insignia College back in 2014, and has been working in the field ever since. She is currently an assistant and organizes our internal training program for assistants and receptionists here at the hospital. She has loved animals since she was young, wanting to fix the injured animals that she found and caring for her lovely family pets. She currently has 2 beautiful black cats that her and her daughter adore. They also love adventuring through the beautiful forests around the island and spending sunny days on the beach.

Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital is committed to doing everything possible to combat the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

As part of this commitment, effective immediately, Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital will be instituting the following precautionary protocol to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

For the safety of yourself, our staff, and the community, clients will not be allowed to enter the building.


- If possible, please call us at 250-933-0913 to let us know you are on the way so that we can be prepared to meet you upon your arrival at the hospital.

- When you arrive, please stay in your vehicle in our parking lot and call 250-933-0913, and we'll come to you.

- If you do not have a phone or your pet's emergency is immediately life-threatening, please come to the front door and ring the bell located to the right of the door.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.