Whether you are a new pet owner or moved house and are too far from your much-loved veterinarian, finding the right vet for your pet is not easy and will take time.
Veterinarian Dr Michael Archinal, known as Dr Ark on Channel Nine’s 'Mornings with Kerri-Anne', shares some tips to help make the search a little easier and less stressful on you and your beloved member of the family.
“First, think about what the kind of care your pet needs and then begin your search,” he says.
“Keep in mind, not all vets treat all species.”
Questions to Ask the Vet
Here are some questions Dr Archinal advises to ask the vet – the ones who are happy to talk and knowledgeable are worth considering!
- What are the levels of experience, knowledge and qualifications of the vets?
- What level of equipment do you have and who is qualified to use it?
- What is the level of service and opening hours?
- Do you have specialised vets on hand (ie dermatology, ophthalmology, dental)?
- What animals do you mainly treat?
- What are your payment terms and costs involved?
- Can you perform operations and aftercare on site?
- What alternative therapies are available at your clinic?
- Does the clinic offer pet grooming services?
Where to Look for a Vet?
Use the Pet Pages directory to find vets
in your area.
Dr Archinal also suggests asking friends, people in dog parks, dog training clubs, pet grooming salons and your former vet for recommendations.