Finding the right veterinarian for you and your pet can be a difficult task. You want to find a courteous, knowledgeable professional that fits your budget. Read on to find our tips on how to find a veterinarian that is right for you and your furry friend.
Tap your network. Ask your friends, family members, coworkers, neighbors, and other pet owners you know who they recommend.
Consider your pet’s needs. If you have a ferret or a reptile, look for vets who specialize in those animals.
Check the web. The Internet can be a useful tool in your vet search. The following websites are a great place to start:
- www.localvets.com – This is a directory of over 20,000 veterinarians and animal hospitals all over the country. Search by zip code and even get discounts on services.
- www.vetstreet.com – This site not only lets you search for vets by zip code, but offers lots of helpful articles on pet care.
- www.aspca.org – The official website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has tons of helpful resources on veterinarians and pet care.
- www.avma.org – The American Veterinary Medicine Association has many useful tips on finding a veterinarian and animal care.
Professional Organizations. Is the vet you’re looking into a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)? AAHA membership means that they have voluntarily pursued and met AAHA’s standards in the areas of facility, equipment, and quality care.
Are they a specialist? Ask the vet about board certification. This means he or she has studied an additional two to four years in the specialty area and passed a rigorous exam.
Schedule a visit. Once you have narrowed down your search, schedule a meeting with them without your pet. No reputable vet will have a problem with this. Look them over carefully. Are their facilities clean? Is their staff courteous and caring? Do they keep the dogs and cats caged in separate rooms?
Consider your wallet. Do the vet’s fees fit your budget? Is it within easy driving distance from your home or work? Does the vet make house calls if necessary?
There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a vet. You want a professional who truly cares about your and your pet, at a price that won’t break the bank. But if you follow this checklist, you’ll find a great veterinarian for your best friend in no time.
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