Specialty Surgery

We are happy to be working alongside Dr. Preston to provide a referral service for specialty surgery twice per week. We have a fully staffed team, including experienced RVTs, an RVT with a Veterinary Technician Specialty in Anesthesia and Analgesia, and highly skilled assistants. The hospital is open 24 hours a day with a veterinarian and technologist on staff at all times to provide post-operative care.

Our surgical team is proud to offer gold-standard care to your clients and patients, and prompt communication with both the client and referring hospital once a referral has been received. We will also keep you updated throughout the entire process. Your client can expect a call within 72 hours of receiving a referral, and same-day calls for most emergencies.

We have a short waitlist, offer competitive and flexible pricing, and do our best to accommodate emergency referrals as quickly as possible.

Pre-anesthetic workup, including blood panels, can be completed through our hospital on the day of surgery or with the referring clinic in advance. Our team is happy to support the referring hospital in any way we can, including offering post-operative follow-up when/if required. If post-operative radiographs are performed through the referring clinic, Dr. Preston is happy to assess those images at no charge.

When referring your patient to CIVEH, please complete the form below and forward it along with all pertinent medical records.  Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 250-933-0913.

Note: Complete the referral form below and select “Specialty Surgery” if you are looking to schedule your patient for surgery in the future. If this is an emergency, please select “ER Referrals” on the form.

Online Referral Form

Meet Dr. Preston

Dr. Preston is originally from Melbourne, Australia and over the past decade he has been gathering skills and expertise from around the world. After obtaining his veterinary degree from Melbourne University, he then undertook vigorous internships in Oregon and Seattle, followed by an ACVS surgical residency in Perth, Australia. When he finished his residency, Dr. Preston became an assistant professor at Purdue University and then began working across the USA and Canada. He has since settled on Vancouver Island with his wife and family. Dr. Preston has extensive experience in all types of specialist surgeries. His consulting practice focuses on elective procedures for dogs and cats including TPLO, fracture repair, patella luxation correction, brachycephalic airway surgery, perineal urethrostomy, and femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO). If the procedure your pet requires is not listed here, Dr. Preston will be able to discuss the options available to you during the consultation.


Dr. Preston is happy to offer the following (non-exhaustive list of) surgical services in hospital:

    • TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy)
    • Fracture repairs – long and flat bones
    • OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans) removal
    • Total ear canal ablation
    • Laryngeal paralysis tie-back
    • Brachycephalic airway corrective procedures
    • FHO (Femoral head and neck ostectomy)
    • Hip luxation toggle repair
    • Patella luxation correction
    • Perineal urethrostomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Pericardectomy
    • Liver lobectomy
    • Lung lobectomy
    • Thyroidectomy
    • Tonsillectomy
    • Gastropexy
    • Cholecystectomy
    • Skin tumour removal and skin flaps
    • Wound closures
    • Amputation
    • Arthrodesis
    • Surgical biopsies and surgical oncology
    • Sialoadenectomy
    • Perineal hernia repair
    • Anal sacculectomy
    • Enterotomy/resection & anastomosis

If there are any procedures not listed above, or you require an estimate or more details regarding a specific case, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team directly at surgeryteam@civeh.com, or contact our direct line at 250-933-0913 Prompt 4 and leave us a detailed message. We always do our best to return your email or call as promptly as possible

Our Commitment

With the shortest wait times in Vancouver Island, your patient can be scheduled for a pre-surgery consultation fast!