Bellevue Veterinary Hospital
Visit us in Parksville, BC
Open 7 Days a Week
Friendly & Compassionate Staff
Experience, Skill & Technology
Meet the team
Days a week we are there for you
Bellevue is open 8:30AM to 5:30PM, seven days a week.
We strive to be as available as possible, by staffing our hospital all week long! Our team aims to provide reliable, compassionate veterinary care every day.
What we do
Open Seven Days a Week
We are open on weekends!
We currently have a staff of 6 veterinarians, several registered veterinary technicians, experienced assistants, and friendly receptionists taking shifts, 8:30AM to 5:30PM, seven days a week.
Being clear and direct is a priority.
Because you know your pet’s personality best, we always take great care to listen to your concerns, perform our necessary evaluation, and then communicate, as clearly as possible, the best course of action for your pet. For us, communication is key!
Tools & Technology
Several on-site diagnostics are available.
In addition to a range of in-clinic blood testing capabilities, we also have ultrasound imaging, and our digital x-ray equipment. And we use leading technology for monitoring, & caring for, patients under anesthesia (pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitors, ECG, temperature monitor, and capnography).
Veterinary housecalls are limited at this time due to short staffing. We hope to be back to offering regular housecalls in the near future. Please call the clinic if you have questions.
Our Veterinary Team
Dr. Shelagh Hislop
Dr. Shelagh Hislop has been a part of Bellevue since 1992 after her Biochemistry degree at the U. of Calgary, then veterinary degree, with distinction, from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon. Her love for animals, people, and science are what called her to veterinary medicine as a career. Her special interest areas are dentistry and soft tissue surgery, and she loves opportunities to learn about new treatments and techniques. Shelagh has an everchanging array of 4-legged family members, and keeps trying to teach herself piano. Also, she runs (slowly), reads, and tries to grow food.
Dr. Jeff Dahl
Dr. Jeff Dahl started working with us in May 2000 immediately after his graduation from Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Jeff originates from the Victoria area and was glad to return to the Island from his veterinary training in Saskatoon where he obtained extra experience while working 2 summers in the department of radiology. We're sure he was born with veterinary medicine in his genes because both of his parents were veterinarians too! Jeff works full time in the clinic while he and his wife, Denise, are raising two young boys, 2 cats (Margaret and Maisy), and Lily the Labrador.
Dr. Natacha Lesage
Dr. Natacha Lesage started her work with us in March 2006. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2002. Prior to her work here, she had practiced veterinary medicine in Oregon and also in England, as she and her husband traveled in Europe. Dr. Lesage has a very gentle nature and thus has a calming influence on our four-legged patients and their owners. Natacha is in the clinic 3 days/week, while she and her husband, David, are raising two boys, and their canine child, Rocky.
Dr. Christine Bradbury
Dr. Christine Bradbury joined the Bellevue team in February 2017. Originally from the Comox Valley, she completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at UBC prior to earning her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. Just prior to Bellevue, Christine was working at an emergency hospital in Vancouver, but was excited to come back to the Island to spend more quality time with her husband and 3 boys. Christine's veterinary special interests include diagnostic medicine, soft tissue surgery and critical care. In her spare time, Christine loves the outdoors, camping, kayaking, and painting.
Dr. Jessica Paravicini
Dr. Jessica Paravicini has been working with us since 2020. She grew up in Qualicum Beach and attended Vancouver Island University where she completed a degree in Biology. She then moved to Saskatoon to attend the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with great distinction. She returned to Vancouver Island to practice at a small animal hospital in Port Alberni before coming to our team at Bellevue. Dr. Paravicini is a compassionate person who strives to provide high quality medicine to her patients. Her interests include preventative medicine and dentistry. When not at work she spends time with her husband, her 2 young children, her dog and horse. If there is any spare time, she enjoys gardening, reading and horseback riding.
Latest Bellevue News & Information
Updated Feb 2023
At this stage of the (hopefully declining) COVID-19 pandemic, we have been inviting pet owners back into the building, as we continue to follow recommendations from our provincial and federal governments, health experts, and respond to our staff members’ concerns, in order to maintain human wellness, while still, providing compassionate health care for your pets.
- Vets & staff are available 7 days/week 8:30 to 5:30.
- Due to staffing issues, our Veterinary Housecall Service is only available once/month. We hope to have more frequent housecall days available in the future.
- Bellevue’s online store may be helpful and convenient for you. After registering, you can browse and order pet food and non-prescription products (not medications) any time of day or night. Items can later be delivered to the clinic for you to pick up, or they can be delivered to your door (for a $10ish fee).
- In some situations, we may be able to offer telemedicine. This is a consultation over the phone. Call 250-248-2031 to enquire.
If you need to come to the clinic:
- Please call our reception desk 250-248-2031 from the parking lot when you arrive. We’re still trying to control the human traffic flow through our hospital, but your & your pet’s comfort are also very important to us.
- All cats must be in a carrier of some kind. Please do not remove them from this carrier in the parking lot!
- All dogs must be on a leash.
- Some very nervous pets may need sedation for us to examine them. Sometimes this can be set up for you to give at home, ahead of time, before bringing your pet. We can discuss this option if you feel it might be helpful.
Please stay safe and healthy!
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Our Mission Statement
To communicate options, while respecting the decisions of our clients, so that we are able to help them provide their pets with the best health care possible.
Our Top Priorities
wE STRIVE FOR our patients TO BE as comfortable as possible, while their owners trust our expertise, and experience our compassion. the standard of care WE PROVIDE is the same THAT we would GIVE to our own CHERISHED PETS.
Bellevue Veterinary Hospital
1016 Bellevue Road, Box 336
Parksville, BC • V9P 2G5
Please call the hospital for an appointment. Our phone lines are open 7 days a week from 8AM to 5:30PM