Referrals from friends are often a good place to start, but you will also want to find someone who can develop a rapport with your individual pet. You will also want a vet which is fairly local to you in case of emergency.
Above all, both you and your pet must feel comfortable with your vet. Your vet must be able to communicate with your pet on its level and make it feel at ease. Just as important is to be friendly and patient with you, and to answer all your questions – no matter how insignificant they seem.
Here are a few things to consider:
- Try to choose a clinic close to home so you can get there quickly in an emergency.
- Is the surgery open after hours or would you have to take time off work to attend? Many veterinarians offer some evening and weekend hours.
- Do they offer 24 hour emergency services? Accidents and illness happen at the most inconvenient times and you will want to know that your vet is at hand if necessary
- Visit the clinic and check that it is clean and tidy. Check that the staff seem open and interested in your pet.
If possible, choose a shortlist of vets before you bring your new pet home, and make the decision after visiting the clinic with your pet. If you are moving to a new area with a pet, make finding a vet a priority.