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.





I visited this clinic for the first time today to take in my pet rat, hearing that the clinic/doctor was very good at rodent care and diagnosis. I was able to get a very quick appointment the same day I called (which was amazing because the clinic seemed decently busy for the time I was there). The reception was quite friendly, and Dr. Burstyn was very caring and extremely knowledgeable. He also offered a broad range of treatment options for my rat and her potential ear infection, and the whole time I felt like my rat was in great hands. I would recommend this medical clinic to any pet owner, and silly as it may seem, I’d probably trust these people more with my own health than my family doctor!