Choosing a Veterinarian
8 Steps to choosing a Veterinarian:
Ask someone you trust for a recommendation. Advertisements supply information about services offered, but a personal recommendation is best.
Call to make an appointment for a visit to meet the veterinarian and the staff.
Visit the facility, checking for cleanliness, a relaxed professional atmosphere and staff members who are ready to answer your questions and give you a tour.
Find out whether the veterinarian belongs to professional organizations, is affiliated with local humane societies and emergency clinics and provides referral services when needed.
Ask questions about your pet’s care, paying close attention to the answers. These responses are key to making certain you have the right person for the job.
Request to visit the animal care wards and kennel areas; these should be squeaky clean, odor-free, warm, dry and comfortable at all times – no exceptions!
Choose a veterinary clinic that allows you to see the same doctor during each visit so that he or she will become familiar with you and your pet, and vice versa.
Make an appointment to take your pet for a get-acquainted visit. Observe how the veterinarian and staff interact with you and your pet.