Choosing (and Using) a Good Veterinarian


For all your animals, a veterinarian you trust and like is an important part of care. If you do not feel that your Vet values your animal and its health, it may be time to find a new one. Unfortunately, if you are new to an area, finding a good vet may be difficult. Here are some hints and tips to help out.

  • Referrals from family, friends, and neighbors are always helpful.
  • In the case of a recent move, you can ask for referrals from co-workers or neighbors.
  • Be prepared with a list of questions to ask any prospective veterinarian.
  • A large factor in choosing a veterinarian is observing how she interacts with your cat on the examination table.

This article goes into more details if you are interested in questions to ask a prospective veterinarian. Remember, it’s like choosing your family doctor, you wouldn’t just pick the first one out of the Yellow Pages! If you are in the USA, you can also check the list of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, however this only lists feline vets.

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3 Responses to “Choosing (and Using) a Good Veterinarian”

  1. madamepurl Says:

    I definitely think the last one – how they interact with your cat is so important. We went to a vet once where the tech held our reasonable and loving tabby down, who howled bloody murder. There was no reason for that and we decided to change vets after that experience. Maybe that’s another one – interact with the office staff and make sure they like cats.

  2. mari Says:

    Finally, I have a post. It has been quite awhile since my last one. 🙂

  3. mrspetlove Says:

    Asking neighbors can work out great but not always …. I tell our clients when they are moving to a new area to call a local Board Certified Specialist and ask who they think are the best local general practitioners. Specialists see the general practitioners work and are well qualified to tell a pet owner who is competent and ethical.

    Mrs. PetLove
    Sunnycrest Animal Care Center

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