We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Emergency Veterinary Hospital Open 24 Hours a Day

Dr. Christopher Milligan MA

Medical Director
Chris and his wife Hannah fell in love with Vancouver Island after visiting on holiday and moved here to enjoy everything the West Coast has to offer. A native of Robin Hood country in the UK, Chris graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2010. He has worked in small animal & exotic private and referral practices and returned to Cambridge to undertake research into disorders of red blood cells and vascular injuries. He has particular clinical interests in internal medicine and ultrasonography, and a love of exotic pets. As an avid wildlife photographer, Chris is usually found out of work in a kayak or walking the stunning beaches looking for whales and bears. Chris and Hannah have three gorgeous cats, Nimpkish, Tsitika and Skookumchuck, who braved the crossing from England and now divide their time equally between charging through the house and sleeping.

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.

Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


- 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.