We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

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Dr. Al Longair B.Sc., D.V.M.

Veterinarian

Dr. Longair was born and raised in the lower mainland of B.C. and completed a BSc. at Simon Fraser University then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 1977. After graduation, Dr. Longair joined the Prevost Veterinary Clinic. At that time, the clinic was a mixed animal practice so he performed farm calls as well as small animal practice in the clinic. He enjoyed all the work and got to know our amazing Cowichan Valley by visiting farms, large and small.

In 1981, the senior partners in the practice decided to leave the small animal clinic and divided the farm animal work between them. Dr. Longair and Dr. Wiren took over the small animal hospital. Since then, there have been two additions to the building as the practice has grown.

Outside of the practice, Dr. Longair became involved with the local SPCA and then the provincial body, sitting on the BCSPCA committee of management for many years and served as the President for 4 years in the early 1990s. He also served on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Animal Welfare Committee, chairing it for four years.

After over 20 years working in animal welfare, Dr. Longair moved over to working with children by becoming a youth soccer coach. For the last 19 years, he has enjoyed coaching boys’ soccer because he finds it so rewarding to be able to assist our youth.

Dr. Longair is a founding member of the Society of B.C. Veterinarians. Shortly after formation, the SBCV members voted to align with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and become a self-directed chapter of the CVMA. He has had the privilege of serving on the Board of the CVMA-SBCV Chapter for 8 years and currently serves as the president.

Personally, Dr. Longair has been married to his wife, Jan, for 40 years. They have two children and one grandchild. His wife is addicted to horses so they live on a small acreage with three horses and currently three dogs.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 30, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250.715.5143. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic