Choosing a Vet – 5 Do's and Don'ts
Do choose an RCVS accredited Veterinary Practice:
one that is regularly inspected independently and complies with stringent minimum core standards.
Don't just choose the cheapest vets you can find:
Many wouldn't pass accreditation: they are sub-standard.
Do take note of personal recommendations and reviews on quality of care:
they are a far better guide.
Don't just look at the cost of vaccinations and neutering:
these may not reflect overall cost or value! Some practices discount these but have far higher mark-ups on other services.
Do decide what you want:
a corporate owned branch clinic where the staff are on commission.
a smaller family GP style practice where individual caring relationships matter.
a larger clinical hospital with extensive facilities but which is more impersonal.
Don't think all veterinary practices are the same.
standards vary considerably!
Do choose a vet reasonably near your home or on your way to work:
far more accessible if your pet needs care or is an inpatient
Don't choose a vet miles away for routine care
out of hours vets will only normally see their own clients at their practice.
Do look for things that should be important to you. e.g.
15 minute appointments rather than Open Surgeries:
do you prefer to wait for an hour in an open surgery and then be rushed through
or would you rather be seen promptly with plenty of time for your consultation?
Experienced and fully qualified staff:
do you want a practice mostly employing trainee nurses and new graduates?
Welcoming premises that are hygienic:
if the front of house isn't clean and well-maintained, what will the rest be like?
Out of hours emergency cover arrangements:
is it provided locally and do they do a share of it themselves?
BUT MOST OF ALL
Don't choose a Practice that doesn't satisfy most of your needs.
Ask lots of questions, not just the obvious ones, and ask for a tour!