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Tips for Finding a Veterinarian

Finding a veterinarian is often more difficult than people think. It’s easy enough to look in the phone book or browse the Internet to search for a vet, but how do you know whether a vet is actually worthy of your trust. Here are several tips to keep in mind when looking for a veterinarian:
  • Ask friends, family, and co-workers for suggestions. Asking for references usually yields the most satisfying results.
  • If you are looking for a vet that specializes in a particular area of medicine, call your state’s veterinary medical association for referrals.
  • You can check your state’s veterinary medical association to determine if a vet you are considering has any suspicious or troubling history.
  • Once you have compiled a list of veterinarians you may be interested in, feel free to visit their offices. Pay attention whether or not the facilities are clean, speak to staff members to get a feel for how they interact with clients and the animals, and talk to pet owners who may be waiting in the waiting room.
  • Do the vets and staff appear to be friendly? Professional? Knowledgeable? Do they have good bedside manners? If so, then you know you found a good place.
  • Make sure any veterinarian you are considering has office hours that work with your schedule. Also, make sure the veterinarian has access to 24/7 emergency services, whether in the office or at a nearby emergency clinic.
  • Make sure the vet has the appropriate degrees and accreditations.
  • If for any reason you are unsatisfied with a veterinarian, don’t feel like you cannot switch to a new vet.
  • Use this site to assist you in finding the perfect veterinarian for you. Click here to begin your search.
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