Surgeries Performed

Arbutus West Animal Clinic is the only facility in the Lower Mainland that can perform Laparoscopic Surgery for your pets, and we also accept referrals from other veterinary hospitals. The following Minimally Invasive Surgeries can be performed with virtually no pain, and minimal patient recovery time:

  • Spay
  • Cryptorchid neuter
  • Liver biopsy
  • Intestinal biopsy
  • Intestinal foreign body removal
  • Gastropexy for large breed dogs
  • Pancreas/spleen/kidney biopsies
  • Gall bladder culture
  • Tumor biopsy and excision





Managing Discomfort

Though we always do our best to minimize any discomfort with pain-killers and good surgical technique, some discomfort is to be expected after any surgical procedure.

At Arbutus West our veterinarians are required to adhere to strict standards of atraumatic surgical technique. Most surgeries are done by Dr. Burstyn himself or under his direct supervision.


Road to Recovery

We will give you thorough instructions on how to care for your pet during their at-home recovery, and we will follow up with regular phone calls and a follow-up examination with the veterinarian.

Recovery times can vary greatly between procedures, so if you have any questions or concerns during this period, feel free to contact us for advice on how to best help your pet during this critical time.





When I first moved to BC, I took my cat to another clinic that said they really cared about the welfare of animals- especially cats. One morning, I woke up to my cat coughing up blood. I called my regular vet at that time and they said they were too busy to see him! Using Google, I found Arbutus West, and have never regretted taking my cat Ozzy there once. The staff at Arbutus treat Ozzy with such amazing care and treat me with great compassion. I would highly recommend them and have to several people who have been really happy with the service and results. Walking out of Arbutus West each time, I feel like I have made good decisions based on well educated recommendations and compassion and care for both Ozzy and me. When you walk in, read their mission statement. They really mean it!