Ask the Vet - Choosing a Veterinarian
What should I look for when choosing a veterinarian?
The best way to choose your pet’s veterinarian is to obtain referrals from friends, neighbors, and other animal lovers regarding the choices in your area. Then, I would recommend the following:
- Visit the facility. Is it clean? Is the staff courteous and friendly? Are they willing to take the time to talk to you even though you do not have an animal with you? Get an overall sense of the place—gut feelings are important!
- Is the facility convenient to get to and will their hours accommodate your schedule?
- What is the policy for after-hours emergencies?
- What other services do they offer? Many veterinarians also provide grooming and boarding services.
If you are new to an area and cannot rely on personal referrals, check the local listings in the Yellow Pages and take the time to call and visit a few of them. You will get a sense of the places that make you feel comfortable and those that do not. Happy hunting!