There was a time when your neighborhood veterinarian operated unlike anything we understand today. You would call and set up an appointment weeks into the future, and drop your pet off to come back and pick it up later. Obviously, that method of caring for animals is gone and nearly forgotten, but what really is a modern animal clinic supposed to look like?
In this post, we take a look at the options and conveniences available for pet care and treatment today. You will see stark differences when compared to the historic model we mentioned above. This is driven by consumer choice, and a movement to see our animals treated on par with any other family loved one.
One thing you might not know is that students looking to apply and become accepted at University veterinarian schools need higher credentials than ever before. And elite schools like Virginia Polytech University (Virginia Tech) are flooded with applications from top-quality students who want to be trained in a veterinary program that is both broad and rigorous.
This is good news for those of us who have pets at home. Never before have we had so much choice about where to procure our animal care. It’s absolutely within your right to demand the very best for your pets, and so we recommend that you consider interviewing veterinarians to some degree before you make a final decision.
That might seem like an aggressive tactic to you, especially if you were born back when veterinarian clinics operated so much differently. But, hang in there for a minute, because we are about to explain why we think it’s important.
Your animal can’t make its own choices about what vet to see. But, you can bring your animal into a prospective clinic and observe how both the doctors and the staff relate to your pet initially. Do they put your animal at ease? Do they seem patient with all the animals that go through while you are there?
Admittedly, some pets are just plain difficult to treat because their behaviors are anxious and erratic. However, it says a lot about a veterinarian when they can seamlessly connect with an animal undergoing anxiety. If you can find that in a doctor, you’ll want to strongly consider using them in the future.
And don’t be afraid to put staff members on the spot. Ask questions that help you determine how familiar they are with the eccentricities of your animals breed. Do they understand what types of healthcare issues your pet is likely to face? Can they recommend the proper food and treats for your animal? Even better, are they able to supply food and other items from the clinic itself?
Don’t be afraid to ask also for a rate sheet so that you can at least get a handle on what to expect as charges for relatively routine care, including vaccination, routine office examination, grooming, etc. These will probably not be the only important costs that you experience over time, but they can be an indication about whether or not the veterinarian has a reasonable pricing structure.
We are big fans of Norwalk animal hospital United Veterinary Center, and recommend that you give them an opportunity to show you what the quality of their care is like.