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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!


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.