Finding the Right Veterinarian for Your Pet

Author: Lauren Ross

Cat in veterinarian clinic

Your pet is family and you want them to have a healthy and happy life. The well-being of your furry-companion is important to you, and finding a qualified vet will give you peace-of-mind knowing that your pet’s health is in good hands.

Due to relocation, you have to start looking for a new veterinarian clinic – and that can be tough in a new city. But you have always made your pet’s health a top priority and won’t settle for anything less than superior health care and service. When searching for a new vet, it’s important to find a vet that upholds the highest standard of care for its patients as well as one you feel comfortable with.

If you’re moving and in need of finding the right veterinarian, then follow these tips to keep your furry-friend happy, healthy, and going strong:

Locating a Vet in Town. Finding the right vet can mean a world of difference when it comes to quality of care for your pet.  The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has evaluated veterinarian clinics based on the cleanliness of the facilities, professionalism of staff, and the quality of equipment and patient care.  Find AAHA accredited practices at their website

Ask trusted neighbors, coworkers, family, or friends who have pets for guidance. Their insightful knowledge and customer experience can help you make the right and final decision. If you’re new to the area and don’t know anyone, call or visit a local Humane Society and ask who they use or if they will refer you to a practice in the area.

The Right Vet for My Pet. After you have obtained some referrals from a trusted source, it’s time to start interviewing and touring. Call the clinic and tell them you’re considering becoming a new patient there and would like to tour the practice as well as speak with a head veterinarian.  Make sure you feel comfortable with the staff; after all, they will be caring for your fur-kid.

First impressions can say a lot about a facility – especially a clinical practice. When you enter the vet office for the first time, listen to your initial greeting, check out the upkeep of the facility –like cleanliness and organization – , and be observant of how the other patients are greeted.  This can say a lot about a business’ priorities as well as how you and your pet will be treated in the future.

Ask Questions During Interview. You should definitely ask questions during the vet interview. Below are some questions you may want to consider:

  • How many veterinarians do you have on staff?
  • What other services do you offer, such as grooming and boarding, and what do they cost?
  • Do you have emergency services with a direct phone line? If not, what is the emergency animal hospital you will direct us to?
  • If you have boarding, what would the daily activity schedule be like for my cat or dog?
  • Are you currently taking new patients?

Switching to the New Vet.  Now that you have selected a qualified vet, it’s time to move over your pet’s records. Just ask your former vet office to mail or fax your pet’s health documents to your new one. You may also ask for a personal copy to keep at your apartment home.