Hospital Policies

We appreciate you taking the time to review this information. If you have any questions or concerns about our policies, please let us know as we strive to be as transparent and inclusive as possible. 
 
Accessibility Policy We are committed to ensure that our practice and procedures are consistent in providing customer service to everyone. Our team will happily assist any of our clients with accessibility needs. Our facility is wheelchair accessible (including our washroom).  
 
Active Client/Patient Policy We are required by law to have an active “Veterinary-Patient-Client Relationship” (VPCR) in order the provide care, prescription food and medication and recommendations for a pet. An annual health exam by one of our veterinarians is required to maintain this relationship and to allow us to dispense prescription medication. If we do not have a VPCR, we are able to fill prescriptions provided from your primary vet hospital, on their behalf.  
 
Appointment Policy We operate on an appointment basis, to allow for ample time for each patient to be cared for. You can book an appointment online or through our Pet Page clinic app. We schedule each appointment type based on the time required, so we ask that you let us know all of your concerns ahead of time so that we can schedule you accordingly and see each client on time.  
 
Emergency Policy During our hours of operation, we do our best to accommodate same day and urgent appointments, but we are not an emergency hospital. If we are fully booked and unable to accommodate your pet, we may refer you to Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Center or Canada West Veterinary Specialists.   
 
Missed Appointment and Cancellation Policy We require 24 hours’ notice to cancel an appointment or procedure. We charge $25 for missed or same day cancelled appointments and $50 for surgeries. This allows us adequate time to offer your spot to pets in need of care from our waitlist.  
 
Mutual Respect Policy Our clinic has a zero-tolerance policy for offensive, rude or belligerent behaviour from clients towards any members of our staff will not be tolerated. Those that choose not to respect our boundaries or make our staff feel unsafe will be escorted out of our clinic and will have their pet’s care transferred to another veterinary hospital of their choice. We appreciate your kindness, compassion and support as our staff strive to do the best they can to care for you and your pet. In return, you can expect the same fair treatment and level of care and empathy from our team.  
 
New Client/New Pet Policy We are pleased to be accepting new clients and new patients at Yaletown Pet Hospital. All new members to the YPH family will be scheduled a virtual telemedicine consultation for their initial appointment to allow them to meet one of our lovely veterinarians. A drop off appointment will be facilitated for physical examinations, diagnostics and preventative care, and is included in the consultation fee.  
Online Pharmacy Policy Online pharmacies are not licensed to dispense veterinary medications in British Columbia, so our veterinarians are legally not allowed to advocate the use of their services. These pharmacies do not follow the rules and regulations for quality control enforced by our governing authority (CVBC) and if the medication does not work, or if your pet has an adverse reaction, there are little means of recourse. You can request a written prescription for medication and a fee may apply. 
 
Patient Arrival Policy We require all dogs and cats to be either on a leash or in a carrier, for their safety. If you do not have a leash or carrier upon arrival, we are happy to provide one for your visit. If you are going to be 5-10 minutes late for your scheduled appointment time, please call or text the clinic to let us know. If you will be more than 10 minutes late for your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule or convert to a drop off appointment.   
 
Payment Policy Payment is due in full at the time services are rendered.  At this time, we prefer contactless payment through Debit, VISA, Mastercard and we have a secure online payment system. We offer financing through Petcard and we can accept cash (exact change please!) and e-transfer. We provide detailed treatment plans for your approval for all surgical and dental procedures, but please inform us ahead of time if you would like one for preventative care or medications. Please be aware that on any procedure quoted at $500 or more, a 50% deposit will be required at the time we admit your pet.   
 
Prescription Refill Request Policy You may request a prescription through our app, website, email or the phone. Please have your previous prescription handy as we will verify the medication name, concentration, amount and directions of use. While we do our best to refill medications as quickly as possible, we request 48 hours’ notice for prescription refills and 5 days’ notice for all compounded prescription requests. We require payment in full for special order medications and will text you when your medication is ready to be picked up. Medications not picked up within 2 weeks will be returned to stock and a restocking fee will apply.  
 
Telemedicine Policy We are excited to offer our new and existing clients virtual consultations in the comfort of their own home. These appointments provide face to face time with one of our doctors, allow us to collect a thorough history, triage your pet and facilitate a drop off time, should it be required for a hands-on exam, diagnostics or vaccines. You can schedule your own appointment here.