How to look for a good vet?

Posted by junecpg
Aug 4, 2009
Hello all,

I have just moved and is now looking for a new vet. I have a few of them listed but was wondering if you guys can advise me how to identify a good vet?

My previous vet is a bit far away from where I have moved to - and would be a bit inconvenient if there are any emergencies (just in case).

Please advise! Thanks
Posted by KOPsarah
Aug 7, 2009
Hi junecpg and thanks for your post.
Just to clarify, you are looking for a clinic just for emergencies? If this is the case the things to look for in an emergency only clinic are different from the things to look for in an everyday clinic.

In an emergency clinic you should be looking for the following qualities:
-excellent after hours services with several specialist staff members available on short notice
-excellent facilities. In an emergency having the top of the line equipment could be the difference between life and death if your animal is severely ill or injured
-an animal ambulance or mobile clinic if possible. This may or may not be available in your area
-dedicated friendly staff. This is a quality you want in any vet clinic. You can often gauge the friendliness of the staff and the environment just by popping into the clinic and having a chat with the receptionists even just while you buy some dog food or something similar.

I hope this helps. All the best,
Posted by junecpg
Aug 7, 2009
Thanks Sarah. I've made a list of a few vets and I'm looking for both everyday and emergency vets. I will pay visits to them to get a feel of the surrounding, staff and equipments.

How about for everyday clinic? What should I look for?

Thanks for your advise!
Posted by kjd
Aug 8, 2009

If I were you, I'd pick my regular vet first. Then ask that vet where he or she recommends you take your dog in case of emergency. Vets should have a good idea of the quality of care other vets give. Also, your vet may take turns working at an emergency clinic.