Finding the right veterinarian can be just as stressful as finding your own doctor. Use some simple guidelines to find a match for you and your pet. Preliminary research will make the process quick and give you confidence for your pets healthcare.
Generally, if you are not starting with referrals from friends or colleagues, you can search the directory of veterinarians for potential doctors near you. The directory of vets will give you a starting point to find the right practitioner or specialist as well. From the veterinarian directory, research online reviews and comments of the current and past clients.
The reviews from the vet directory will give you insight into how knowledgeable and customer service oriented the different practices are. You are looking for someone that is well qualified, but can also build a rapport with you and your pet so that you understand the particular health needs and practices for your situation. If the vets directory doctors are not very personable, then their “bedside manner” and support staff could also be lacking.
Use your short list from the directory of veterinarians to analyze how other clients have responded to their care. Are they particularly good with the animals and their families, or do clients dread visiting the doctors from the directory of veterinarians? Use these insights to develop a few potential vets to visit.
When visiting doctors from the directory of veterinarians, use your appointment to understand how their office works, what their support staff is like and how well you and your pet respond to the vet. If the support staff is not very endearing, this could signify greater issues later. Also, use your consultation to understand fees, payment plans and potential insurance issues. You want to establish all of this prior to having to visit the vet in an emergency.