If your pet has an emergency – please call us at 250.933.0913 before coming to the hospital. To help us accelerate the check-in process, please complete our digital check-in form upon arrival. When you arrive at the hospital, please STAY IN YOUR CAR and call us for further instructions.


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Surgical Referral

We are thrilled to have Dr. Tim Preston – Board-Certified Specialist, join our dynamic team. 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 Surgical Referral form below if you are looking to schedule your patient for surgery in the future. If this is an emergency, please complete our ER Referral form. To ensure your patient is triaged accordingly, only submit one form.

Get to Know Dr. Tim Preston

Dr. Tim Preston is originally from Melbourne, Australia. 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. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Preston has completed additional, rigorous training. Having performed hundreds of the most difficult surgeries, he is committed to patient care.



Dr. Preston has extensive experience in all types of specialist surgeries. His practice focuses on elective procedures for dogs and cats, including:

  • TPLO – Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
  • Fracture Repair
  • Patella Luxation Correction
  • Brachycephalic Airway Surgery
  • Perineal Urethrostomy
  • FHO – Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy
  • Shoulder OCD
  • Anal Sacculectomy
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Vulvoplasty

If the procedure your patient requires is not listed above, Dr. Preston can discuss what options are available.

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