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Albatross Vet Clinic
veterinary clinic
Langley, BC
Treats:  Dogs
Treats:  Exotics
Ownership:  Private / Single Location
Phone:  604-530-1409
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 35 reviews.

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 2/6/14   5     5     5     5   Over the course of 20* years Dr. Zwanborn and his staff, temporary or permanent have been nothing short of amazing! Professional, caring, honest, knowledgeable, the list goes on. He saved our dog's life when he was two, and we're hoping he can do it again now. RID: 49683
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Click to report rating    11/4/12   2     2     1     1   found this clinic has gone down hill ... new staff does not know what they are doing , have to wait long time even when have appointment.. RID: 38278
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Click to report rating    10/18/12   5     5     4     5   Best Vet yet and I have been with him 30 years or better RID: 37928
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 10/15/12   5     4     5     5   Dr. Z and his staff are amazing - My still active nearly 16 year old Siberian Husky is with us because of his great surgical skills (removed a perianal cancerous tumor 2 years ago). It's a great country clinic, Dr. Z owns the property and has his house and clinic there - and I'm happy to pay their very reasonable prices for their skills - not for designer decor. They actually have large runs for dogs that are there recovering and are able to go outside. The best! You can't beat vets that are in their profession because of their love of animals not just $ RID: 37837
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 6/25/12   4     5     5     5   Very good and understanding of your pets needs. They are very caring and your pet comes first, everything is taken into consideration,the needs of your pet and your finances towork something out. RID: 35204
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 2/9/12   5     5     5     5   I absolutely love this vet clinic. The staff and vet cares so much about animals that it is incredible. I owe them so much for taking care of my beloved kitty the last few days she lived until she passed. I will never bring any of my animals to any other place but this! I will keep recommending this vet clinic to anyone if they truly care about their animals! No other vet clinic I went in lower mainland cares so much like this place. Thank you so much for your support on my kitty and my dog. I cannot express in words how great this place is! RID: 32114
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 2/4/12   5     4     5     5   A big thank you to Dr. Bill for his incredible care and attention to our pet and us. After having an incredibly bad experience with one of his competitors, Albatross was such a breath of fresh air. No one wants to put their dog to sleep but their professionalism, authentic care and support got us thru! Thank you everyone at Albatross. RID: 32025
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 6/24/11   5     4     5     5   Older equipment is paled by good old fashioned care and doctoring. One of the best clinics on the planet. This vet respects your rights and your pocket book. Unlike many clinics that take full advantage and rip people off for tens of thousands of dollars, this clinic is beyond compare. While bedside manner may not be a strong suit, the best treatment for a fair price is... i STRONGLY recommend this clinic. Dr. Z is the best. RID: 25806
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 6/13/11   5     5     5     5   After bad experiences with a vets that claim to care for animals I asked one of my friends if she could recommend me a vet that will really care for the animals and not for the $$$ She with out a hesitation send me to see Dr. Z he check our bully that was suffering from a cherry eye condition and told us that he will need to have a surgery after setting up the day of it i asked him how much was for the visit and he answer me that he hasn't do anything yet and send me on my way. We were really impressed with this since we experienced other vet that just for telling us about something we already knew and give us an estimate charge us for it and his estimate was 4 times higher than the one Dr.Z give to us. We will recommend and had recommended Albatross Vet Clinic to anyone who asked us about who is our Vet. Our English bully is a happy and if he suffer of any illness or is time for his vaccination we will drive the 45 minutes for Dr. Z to take care of him.Pets are animals not persons RID: 25575
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 2/22/11   5     5     5     5   Clean and calm facilities,amazing staff, concerned, caring and knowledgeable vets. Appreciatively to the point as well. We have taken our cats and dogs there for over 20 years and have never had any issue or concern. Once or twice, the distance and situation meant I had to go elsewhere but if at all possible, I would only go to Albatross. I would trust them over any other. Small to large concerns all dealt with the same attention and compassion. We have had the misfortune to encounter issues that required major surgery (spleen removal on geriatric dog),miniscal surgery,hematomas, spaying/neutering, and diagnosis-treatment of disease to mention a few. Dr.Z anesthetized one of our dogs in the car with such care for the animal as well as us. Truly recommend them. RID: 23074
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 1/9/11   3     1     3     3   Very dirty and smelly place. I have used it a few times in a pinch, but the lack of cleanliness makes me reluctant to go back. Dr. Z. pleasant but very old school and doesn't seem up to date. I think if your pet has something complicated or serious this clinic should be avoided. RID: 21915
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Click to report rating    11/13/10   5     5     5     5   Fantastic vet!! Very accomodating to our dog that has anxiety issues. The dr. has even done exams in the back of my vehical. Would highly reccommend this vet to everyone!! RID: 20842
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Click to report rating    9/15/10   5     5     5     5   We have never had such thorough examinations, and affordable vet bills. These people do what they do out of passion, not the almighty dollar. The vet takes his time, gets to know us, and does his best for each patient. The facilities are just fine...we aren't paying for leather couches etc in our bill. We would recommend this clinic to anyone! RID: 19739
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Click to report rating    9/4/10   5     4     5     5   I have used this vet for many years and found their care of animals wonderful. I recently had to put down my dog and the staff were so compassionate and caring. It made the experience a little easier for our family. They are willing to go the extra for each family pet. I wouldn't hesitate to recomend them. RID: 19568
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Click to report rating    8/30/10   5     5     5     5   Have been using Albatross vet services for both my small breed dogs for a year now. Excellent care all around. People comment about the "look" of the facility. It's a country vet people. Appears clean for all intents & purposes. Like another poster said, the dogs aren't really fussy about the decor. Highly recommend this vet for all your pet health needs. RID: 19480
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Click to report rating    8/18/10   5     4     5     5   We've been using Dr. Z and Dr. H. for years now. We've always had excellent, compassionate service. It's not a glitzy place, but dogs usually don't care now nice the curtains are. I've always appreciated how both doctors were able to answer the rather technical and constant questions I would ask about medications and treatments when one of my dogs was diagnosed with Addison's Disease. I would recommend this vet in a heartbeat. RID: 19303
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Click to report rating    4/16/10   5     3     5     5   Had this vet recommended to us when we relocated from AB. and have not looked back! Dr. and staff are very friendly and we never have to wait very long. Prices are very reasonable. Only thing I would change is the facilities.(could use an update) But still great care and compassion! RID: 17547
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Click to report rating    2/8/10   2     3     5     4   Dr Z was great. He was compassionate and answered all questions fully. However, the staff was another story. We brought our dog in to get neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. When we came to pick him up, we were doing the paperwork and going over his rabies certificate when my wife noticed they had his breed was marked down wrong. No big deal, right? I brought it to their attention and they were dumbfounded. The vet assistant was standing there going ' umm... uh... umm', until my wife and I told her to make us a new certificate. We left, kind of laughing at the situation, when we noticed a smell in the car. We got home and took a closer look at our dog, and he's COVERED HEAD TO TOE in DRIED DOG DOO. We don't know if it's our dogs crap, or another dogs crap, but we do know that the vet assistant told us not to get him wet for 2 weeks. I didn't even bother going back to complain, because if she got that confused over what breed our dog is, this would have surely given her an aneurism. RID: 16507
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Click to report rating    1/12/10   5     4     5     5   Compasionate care reasonably priced. I would recommend Dr. Zwamborn and Dr Hiltz. W just had our little angel dog put to sleep, and I am fully content with the level of care and compassion which we received from Dr. Zwamborn and his staff. Thank you RID: 16114
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Click to report rating    11/14/09   5     5     5     5   Dr.Z and employees are awesome, have been going there for 15yrs. I know the clinic is not the greatest looking, but treament of animals and owners is superb. Will, always keep going, unless he retires. RID: 15324
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Click to report rating    10/29/09   5     5     5     5   We have been going to DR Z. for just over a year now and have been more than impressed by the service and the care that these individuals provide. We have a golden retriever that struggles with his health. Dr Z. always takes the time to do an examine even if that means for him to come out to our vehical to see our dog. His staff are fantastic. Always friendly and helpful. I have never been to a vet with any of our animals where the vet takes time out of his long and busy day to call us personally to see how our dog is doing. He is a fantasic vet all around and we are so thank-ful that we have him as our vet. Also a big thanks to his great staff that do an amazing job to make everyone feel welcome and fit us in when your day is already fully booked. I would reccommend this vet to everyone out there. Truely amazing!!! RID: 15091
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Click to report rating    8/22/09   3     1     4     3   The facilities are what you would expect of a vet practice in some tiny town in the 70's. Very old, worn and dirty. My allergies went nuts in there. Dr. Z is okay, but I found his communication lousy. He gave our dog a shot, but didn't tell me what it was for, among other things. Everything, the bill & pills, etc, is handwritten in doctor's writing, in other words, Good luck trying to tell what you're paying for. On the cheap side, but given his facilities, I'd be choked if he was expensive. I don't doubt his passion or his ability, but the only thing keeping me from walking out of the exam room was the reviews on this site. RID: 13951
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Click to report rating    8/18/09   5     4     5     5   My family has been bringing our pets here for years. We wouldn't take them anywhere else. Even though, I moved about 45 minutes away, I ALWAYS travel back so I can bring my cat to this clinic. They are so reasonably priced. They give you your options clearly, do not try to get a ton of money out of you, and always give maximum care. Dr. Z is certainly not the "warm and fuzzy" type, but he treats animals with utmost care. I highly recommend this vet. RID: 13907
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Click to report rating    8/16/09   5     4     4     5   I have been bringing my animals here since the 80's and have recommended them to many others. Wonderful doctor's and staff. They tell you the truth and do their best for your animal. RID: 13872
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Click to report rating    8/9/09   5     5     5     5   I only take my pets to Dr.Z and Dr.hilts. they are both caring men who love there jobs and aren't just in it for the money. all the girls in the front are very kind and helpful. the drive is very nice as well. prices are very responable!! RID: 13786
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Click to report rating    2/22/09   5     3     4     5   I travel over an hour to see the vets. They never exclude me on anything and I'm treated like part of the team. Vet techs and receptionists are kind, helpful and friendly. Excellent care and highly recommended. RID: 11745
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Click to report rating    1/15/09   5     5     5     5   Very knowledgeable, approachable staff. No frills but caring and practical. There is never a sense one is being overcharged or "soldup" on treatment or procedures. Good diagnosticians. Highly recommended. RID: 11249
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Click to report rating    12/16/08   5     4     5     5   We took our family Pitbull to Dr. Z when he was a puppy, but then we moved and ended up going through a number of vets who were really useless. We have since moved back and see Dr.Z again. He is probably the most down to earth, no nonsense vets I have ever met. Like others already have mentioned, he's not in it for the money, he really cares about his clients and their animals. RID: 10929
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Click to report rating    12/8/08   5     4     5     5   This is the best vet in the Valley. I have been taking my dogs to Dr. Z for over 15 years. They have done surgeries, neuter, cancerous tumor removal etc and also 2 euthanasias. They are truly caring and realistic about what they do. I had a rescue dog that needed some serious attention and he did not charge me (even after the dog bit him!) because I rescued the dog from a horrible situation. When I put the dog down after 8 years with us, he was truly moved and sorry. I have used other vets on occasion, emergency etc, no one is even close! He can even advise on types of dog for your family and will warn you about the kind of medical problems associated with different breeds. These guys (and girls) are great! RID: 10831
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Click to report rating    11/4/08   2     1     5     1   The people I dealt with were friendly and Dr. Z handled my cat well. However, he totally messed up treatment for diabetes. After the initial bloodwork to determine glucose levels, he did little else to evaluate how bad the condition was. Simply told me to dose the cat once a day with a high dose of insulin, which turned out to be a bad insulin for a cat, at much too high of a dose. Then he told me to read on the internet how to care for a diabetic cat and sent me on my way. The cat nearly went comatose after a few days. I took him to another vet, took him off of the insulin completely to try to stabilize him, and discovered that all he really needed was to change to a high protein low carb food. He is fine now and does not require any shots. RID: 10505
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Click to report rating    6/8/08   5     5     5     5   Ihave been going to Dr. Zwanborne and Dr. Hiltz for 10 yrs now. I will go nowhere else!!! They are very caring and compassionate and knowledgeable vets without breaking you!!! The girls from Laurie and Pam (vet techs) and all the others are incredible. I have been apart of witnessing a c-section to which I was put to work and to be apart of watching each dog being cradled in their arms after surgery until they woke up, just to monitor them! The big dogs would be laid on a big fluffy blanket on the floor with their heads being stroked until they woke up! If you don't call that caring I don't know what is???? They deal with alot of reputable breeders, so doing OFA'S and required testing is not an unusual procedure. I could go on about this vet clinic, but I give them all 5 stars!!!! RID: 8757
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Click to report rating    10/19/07   5     4     5     5   Will treat you fairly in terms of money for sure. No extras, just what you and your pet need. Very caring of pets, no frills. Totally recommended. RID: 6170
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Click to report rating    7/7/07   5     4     5     5   The folks at the Albatross are fantastic. They are genuinly interested in the animal and not in your money. The are more focused on healing your pet naturally then quickly jumping into surgery and medicine like other vets. They always are pleasant and helpful when emergencies arrive. Plus getting there is nice drive. RID: 5112
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Click to report rating    5/27/07   5     3     5     5   Have been bringing my pets to Dr. Zwamborn's practice for 3 1/2 years. Although it is out in the country in Langley, it is worth the beautiful drive. Staff is wonderful and caring. Vet care is very good. And they do not gouge you like some vet businesses do. RID: 4187
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Click to report rating    4/7/07   5     4     3     5   Very honest, do not just want your money.reasonable prices.genuinely care about your pet as well as what's best for your whole family. RID: 3335
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