At Parksville Animal Hospital our mission is to give your pet the best care possible. Whether it is a first visit, an annual checkup or a surgery we try to make his or her stay at our hospital completely stress free.
Every member of our small but knowledgeable staff is a pet owner so we fully understand your concerns. We take great pride in the fact that our patients are happy to come to their appointments and gladly take the cookies and care that we offer.
Dr. Laszlo Simon
Veterinarian and owner of the hospital since February 2010, Dr. Simon graduated from the University of Veterinary Sciences in Budapest, Hungary in 1984. From 1989 to 1992 he was assistant professor at the department of pathology of the same university. This background in pathology still helps him in his day to day work. Dr. Simon has been fully licensed in Canada since 2005. He has special interest in surgery, geriatrics, cardiology, and clinical pathology.
Prior to moving to Parksville with his family, he was an Associate Veterinarian at the Lethbridge Animal Clinic in Alberta for 5.5 years. The Simons are pet owners themselves. They have a golden retriever (Muffin), four cats Cica (Kitty), Tope, (Midget) Kismacska (Little Cat), Stompy, and Stella the ferret. Laszlo loves sea kayaking, scuba diving, swimming, hiking and he shares all these passions with his family.
Gabriella is co-owner of the hospital, business manager, and wife of Dr. Simon. She was trained as a Veterinary Technician in Hungary, and has been in the industry on and off for the past 20 years or so. When she wasn’t caring for animals, Gabi was busy raising her daughters. Gabi enjoys getting to know all of the patients and their owners, and has special interest in pet nutrition and client education. In her spare time she is a book worm, loves hiking with her family and Muffin, doing yoga and most of all cooking and baking big traditional Hungarian meals for family gatherings.
Diana graduated from the Veterinary Office Assistant Certificate Program in Vancouver in 2009. She later moved over to the Island and joined us in November 2011. She is currently enrolled in the Animal Health Technician program at Thompson Rivers University, and Dr. Simon is acting as her clinic mentor. Diana enjoys spending her time outdoors with her fur babies, Zephyr and Caoimhe, as well as hiking, camping and swimming.
Marilyn graduated from the Veterinary Assistant Program at Malaspina University in 2007, and has been working at the hospital ever since. Marilyn has a special interest in dog behavior problems, and enjoys helping families create a healthy, happy relationship with their pet. Marilyn has two gentle-giant English Mastiffs named Ocean and Kyller, and a cat named Skip.
Brandy grew up on Vancouver Island and has always had a love for animals. She received her Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2015 and then completed a summer internship at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. She is passionate about animal welfare and giving patients and clients the best veterinary clinic experience possible. In her free time, Brandy loves spending time with her horse, Fortune, and enjoys reading, photography and traveling.
Now that you’ve met our dedicated team, we’d love to meet you and your pet! Call us to book a check-up today.
A Very Experienced & Thorough Veterinarian
For several years now Parksville Animal Hospital has been a part of our Spay & Neuter project at Qualicum Cat Rescue. Spaying and neutering hundreds of cats and kittens. Both Dr. Simon and his wife Gabriella are caring people who go out of their way to help the people we send to them. Dr. Simon is a very experienced and thorough veterinarian, ensuring the kittens and cats that are a part of our project are tested for disease, treated for worms and fleas as well as spay and neutered. Dr. Simon has also done emergency surgery for Qualicum Cat Rescue when we desperately needed help, and kept the cost of his services down, which we are very grateful for. We deal with a few other clinics in the area, and while they too are very good, the administrative excellence that Gabriella brings to Parksville Animal Hospital can not be overlooked.
As we continue our Free Spay & Neuter project in our area, we look forward to continuing our relationship with Parksville Animal Hospital, Dr. Simon and all his very efficient and caring staff.
Deborah M & Barbara A
Owners & Operators
Qualicum Pet Foods & Cat Rescue
Professional, Kind & Readily Available
I have been a client of Parksville Animal Hospital for 3 years. As I am a dog breeder I have had many occasions to use their services! They have always been professional, kind and readily available whenever I have needed them. My dogs happily walk into their office and that speaks volumes to how they feel about Dr. Simon and the staff!
Worry-Free Pet Care
As an animal lover, breeder and rescuer, I have dealt with lots of different veterinarians in the past. To me, what I look for in a vet is a genuine love for animals, a qualified and competent staff who are able to work with difficult breeds, temperaments and a clean, tidy facility, which Parksville Animal Hospital is.
Parksville Animal Hospital has been amazing, from basic routine things, vaccines, microchips, health exams and tests to emergency c sections, ultra sounds, X-rays, stomach surgeries and many, many more.
Their staff members are all so amazing and helpful; I never worry when my dogs are in their care. I have taken several very nervous and fearful rescue dogs to them and Dr. Simon has got down on his hands and knees so the dogs felt more comfortable.
I really appreciate the time Dr. Simon takes to explain certain things to me and in terms I can understand. I know and trust that when my dogs are hospitalized overnight that someone is actually there monitoring them.
I also really like that you know what vet you are seeing every time, and Dr. Simon’s dedication to his practice.
I would highly recommend Parksville Animal Hospital to anyone who has pets and is looking for a veterinarian who loves animals.
I Trust Dr. Simon & Staff Completely
My 2.5 years old golden retriever, Amber, and cat, Buddie, have been patients of Dr. Simon and staff for a few years now.
I trust them completely with the care of my beloved pets and recommend them to my friends and other animal lovers I chat with. I am able to phone anytime for information about pet care and am always pleased with their advice.
Dr. Simon even gave me a long distance consultation when my daughter's cat was ill and we were unable to get a vet. He spent over a 1/2 hour going over lab results etc. with no cost to me.
My dog loves going to visit there anytime as she feels safe and comfortable. I am glad to find a vet that I rely on and is available when needed. It's not a fancy expensive office but a very efficient affordable one.