How to Choose a Veterinarian
Choose by distance
The easiest way to choose a veterinarian is by looking at which ones are closest to you. Most vets are competent and good natured. Once you have a list of veterinarians in your area, go online and research each veterinarian or veterinary clinic. See what their clients have said about them and how their dogs feel about the veterinarian. Veterinarians have to have a “bedside manner” just like human doctors. If a veterinarian can’t calm a dog when they are feeling nervous and scared, then they won’t be able to do their job very well. Dogs need to be relatively calm for the veterinarian to accurate assess the dog’s health status.
Choose by specialty
You may also want to consider what specialties a veterinarian possesses. If you have a dog with a unique medical condition or a dog that requires surgery, you may want to find a veterinarian that understands the specific needs of your dog. Some veterinarians have more training in alternative therapies, or immune disorders, or nervous system disorders. If your dog has a specific medical issue, it could be smart to travel a littler farther to a veterinarian that has a special skill in dealing with your dog’s type of problem.
Finally, it is very important that both you and your dog get along with the veterinarian. They may be the most qualified veterinarian around, but if you don’t like them or worse, if your dog doesn’t like them then you will need to find a new veterinarian. This is a person you could potentially be entrusting your dog’s life to in the future. You want to make absolutely sure you like and trust this person. And you can always change veterinarians at any time if the one you are using isn’t exactly what you want or need.