Emergency Veterinary Hospital Open 24 Hours a Day



Why Join Us

Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital is a busy 24-hour small animal hospital serving most of Vancouver Island. Our spacious and modern hospital has emergency and surgical facilities, advanced dental equipment, ultrasound, endoscope, digital x-ray and an in-house laboratory. Based in Nanaimo, BC, we have been caring for cherished animals in our region for over nine years.

Our team specializes in treating companion animals along with services for exotic pets. As an ER hospital, we also support neighbouring practices by assisting their clients outside of normal clinical hours. Nanaimo is truly a world-class city that we’re proud to call home. Our region is famous for many attractions like its forested mountains and beautiful shoreline, which is one of the longest in all of Canada.

Also known as the Harbour City, Nanaimo is a great place not only for play, but also for work and daily life. It is now home to many startups in the technology and environment sectors, and is considered as one of the more affordable places to live on the Island.

Emergency Hospital Appreciation Program

We understand that team members of a 24-hour emergency hospital are faced with unique challenges. For this reason, we have launched an Emergency Hospital Appreciation Program that offers team members additional support in various aspects of their life (financial, work-life balance, wellness, training). This comprehensive rewards system helps us to maintain our strong team spirit and remain energized to keep doing what we love most – caring for our patients. Read more

How to Join Us

For Veterinarian, Vet Student programs, and Veterinary Technologist opportunities, click HERE.

For all other positions at our hospital (Client Care Representative/Receptionist, Animal Care Assistant, Kennel Attendant, Vet Assistant/Tech Assistant), email your resume to careers@centralislandvetemerg.com.

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.