Urgent care to return to WAVES vet clinic in Langford on limited hours

Urgent care to return to WAVES vet clinic in Langford on limited hours
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Urgent care at WAVES vet clinic in Langford is returning during the day, five days a week.

The clinic announced it was pausing its emergency services in August due to staffing shortages.

Now there is enough staffing to offer urgent care on Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr. Jon Katzman, director of ER services at WAVES says they aren’t offering all emergency services at the moment, instead focusing on urgent care.

“We’re on an urgent care protocol at the moment,” Katzman told CHEK News. “We’ve created a nice little list that we’ve got up on Facebook and other social media platforms. It’s ranging from minor cuts and broken nails, to vomiting and diarrhea, generally non-life threatening things at the moment. As our team grows, then so will the cases and types of cases that we see.”

While the goal is to work up to offering emergency services 24/7, Katzman says there is still work to be done in order to secure enough staffing to do so.

“Right now we’re growing our team, and as our team grows, so will our hours,” Katzman said. “It just depends on when we can get people into the country, because we’re looking internationally to bring in new team members to grow it as quickly as we can.”

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the clinic at 778-432-4322 or visit WAVES’ website and social media pages.

Central Victoria Veterinary Hospital in Victoria and Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Nanaimo are the two 24/7 emergency vet clinics currently operating on the Island.

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