Choosing the right veterinarian for your pet is an important decision. Pets are often like family members, sharing in our joys, griefs, and day to day experiences. Veterinarians are partners in the effort to not only prolong our pets lives, but to give them healthy, happy experiences while they are with us. Unfortunately, not all veterinarians are equally qualified for the task, and it is left to pet owners to weed out those that are ill fitted.
A good place to begin when looking for a new vet is an online directory of vets. A veterinarian directory might include reviews and will also contain the contact information
and specialties for a number of veterinarians in a given area. While perusing through a directory of vets, write down the phone numbers of vets in the area who are interesting to you. A vet directory might include websites for vets who have them. It would be wise to familiarize yourself with the vets you’re considering before picking up the phone.
After choosing a few veterinarians from your directory of vets, call to set up a few appointments. The ASPCA recommends leaving your pet home for the first meeting, as the goal is for you to get a feel for the facility and to ask some important questions.
What to Look For
- Clean facilities. Vet offices that appear or smell dirty are not likely to provide hygienic, healthy care for your pet.
- Modern, updated set up. Updated facilities indicate updated practices. You’ll want your vet to be familiar with all the newest information, and up to date facilities are a good place to start.
- Organization. A well organized vet is one that will be better equipped to care for your pet efficiently, safely, and gently. The absent minded professor trope is one best left out of veterinary offices.
What to Ask or Look for on the Vets Directory Site
- How many vets are on staff?
- Is the practice AAHA accredited?
- What kind of equipment does the practice use?
- Does the vet refer patients to specialists when necessary?
- Are there licensed vet techs on the staff?/li>
- What is the protocol for pain management?
If you don’t like what you see or don’t like the answers you get, move on. Most practices are used to clients coming and going and won’t follow up or harass you. If you choose to leave your current practice, be sure to obtain a complete copy of your pet’s health records for your new veterinarian.
Working with the right vet is an essential piece of caring for your pet. A directory of veterinarians can help you locate a few vets to consider, but a directory of vets is not a good place to make a final decision. Be sure to explore and ask questions in order to find the right veterinarian for your pet.