Posted September 18, 2014 in General
A veterinarian is your pet’s second-best friend. One of the most important decisions you’ll make as a pet parent is finding a quality health care provider for your furry friend. Selecting the right veterinarian is a personal decision, but you’ll want to choose a practice that offers the highest available standard of care.
What Should I Look For In A Vet?
Pet guardians seek out new vets for a variety of reasons, including a recent adoption or move, concerns about a current vet’s quality of care or treatment for a pet’s specific health problem.
How Do I Find A Vet?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) evaluates veterinary practices on the quality of their facilities, staff, equipment and patient care. Search the organization’s website at www.healthypet.com. for a list of accredited vets in a specific area. It’s also a good idea to ask for recommendations from friends, family and trusted neighborsespecially those who take a keen interest in a pet’s health and well-being.
How Do I Decide Which Vet Is Right For My Pet?
Here are some things to consider when selecting a vet:
What Questions Should I Ask When I’m Selecting A Vet?
Although questions may vary depending on the reason for the visit, the following list may serve as a guide:
Once a pet owner has found a veterinarian he/she feels confident in partnering with to maintain a healthy and happy animal, a large part of the continued success still weighs on the involvement of the owner.
Some guidelines to include in monitoring pet health follow:
What To Do When You Aren’t Happy With Your Veterinarian
The combined partnership of a pet owner, the veterinarian and the animal constitute a significant relationship, often hinged upon the commitment and professional relationship of the humans involved. At times, a pet owner may feel his veterinarian isn’t meeting his needs as a client or the needs of the pet as a patient. Remember, some times simple misunderstandings cause conflicts, which the pet owner and the vet can resolve by talking things out and looking for solutions. However, a continued pattern of frustration and disappointment by ta pet’s owner may lead to finding a new vet.
For problems resolving a fee or treatment dispute with a vet, a pet owner may contact the ethics and grievance committee of the local or state veterinary association and/or the American Veterinary Medical Association.
For serious issues of medical competence, a pet owner may file a formal complaint with the Veterinary Licensing Board in the state of residence.
And finally, a pet owner can take up the matter as a civil suit with an attorney.