McKenzie Veterinary Services had it’s inception in 1988 when Dr Dave Kirby and Dr Sue Nightingale (North Douglas Veterinary Clinic) joined forces to create a unique practice arrangement that involved having each of these vets having independent veterinary practices under the same roof. This was a stroke of brilliance which enabled each veterinarian to develop their own veterinary practice styles while cooperatively sharing the overhead cost of all the expensive equipment required to provide diagnostic, medical and surgical services.
These new practices quickly grew and then in 1990, when the government of BC wanted to widen the highway out to the ferry, the building housing the clinic was expropriated and the practices moved close by to a newly renovated facility at 3888 Carey Rd.
Dr Malcolm Macartney was a preceptorship vet student in the old facility in 1989 and then joined Dr Kirby’s practice at the new facility in 1992. Mckenzie Veterinary Services bought the house call practice, Pacific Mobile Veterinary Clinic, from Dr Rob Reiner in 1989 and it has been running as a sister practice to McKenzie Veterinary Services ever since then.
In 2004, Dr Macartney bought McKenzie Veterinary Services from Dr Kirby and then in 2008 bought North Douglas Veterinary Hospital from Dr Sue Nightingale.
In 2009, a major renovation was undertaken to add an additional 1000 square feet to the building and the two practices were merged so that now, McKenzie Veterinary Services and Pacific Mobile Veterinary Clinic, share the entire 4500 sq ft premises to serve some 10,000 clients. With 11 skilled veterinarians and 28 veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and receptionists, we are one of the largest veterinary clinics in British Columbia. Pacific Mobile Veterinary Clinic is also the largest and oldest house call practice in Victoria.
Clients are often very surprised when given a tour of the clinic just how much we have packed into 4500 sq feet. We have a large reception area, two reception desks, a retail area and a separate pet food nutrition area. The file room and pharmacy are located behind the reception desk. There are five examination rooms, three treatment areas, three offices for veterinarians, a surgery suite, a dental suite, an in-house laboratory, separate dog and cat rooms, and X-ray and ultrasound suite and a large staff area.
This place is hopping and with 38 staff all doing their jobs.. it can be a very busy place. Being one of the few veterinary practices in Victoria that has evening hours and that is open on Sunday, McKenzie Veterinary Services and Pacific Mobile Veterinary Clinic are regarded and respected for being full service, available and offering high quality veterinary care for their patients.