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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by McKenzie, Sep 17, 2013.
As the title says really. What makes you choose one vet clinic over another?
I make an appointment and "interview" the vets before I sign....
I don't use a chain, I never have because I prefer continuity and I like a small practice.
Good morning. Having dealt with several vet practices over the years, my advice would be to do the rounds in your area. Call in and just get a " feel" of the place. As has been previously said, I would be wary of chain practices as in my experience, vets come and go and you may not always see the same vet. Continuity of care is very important so a private practice may be better. Also, take advice from friends and neighbours in your area.. Recommendation goes a long way in choosing the right vet. All the best.
I used a combination of personal recommendation, choosing a small independent practice where my pet could see the same vet or nurse, and where the vets respect my opinion. I'm very happy with the one I use, which I've been with for around 15 years. In-house facilities like x-ray and blood testing are worth having.
I like the personal touch, where you can see the same vet for the same illness and the vets knows your dogs name after a while
However, one of the most important is emergency care. If your dog is injured and/or in severe pain, there's nothing worse than a vet not wanting to come out or being miles away.
I'm really lucky with mine, it is a tiny practice where I see the same vet 99% of the time, but it's linked to a perfectly adequate larger practice that has a vet on standby 365 days 24 hours.
Yes, I forgot out-of-hours care. My vet is linked to another independent practice who provide 24 hour emergency cover (at a price). Although the emergency vet is further for me, it's actually quicker to get to because it avoids a trip through town. And you settle the bill with your normal vet.
There's nothing wrong with registering your pet with several practices; that way you're more likely to get fitted in somewhere at short notice.