Finding a Great Veterinarian for You and Your Pet
Need a new veterinarian and don’t know where to look? Do you have an exotic pet that needs special care? Or maybe you’ve just adopted a special breed of dog or cat that you’re unsure about? How can you be sure your pet will receive the highest quality of care?
Whether you’re moving to another state, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here’s everything you need to know about finding the best animal hospital and a veterinarian that’s right for you.
From the American Animal Hospital Association
Look for a AAHA accredited Animal Hospital
It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be accredited show they are committed to meeting — or exceeding — standards in a variety of different areas. An AAHA-accredited hospital goes above and beyond. They must prove to a third-party (AAHA) that they consistently provide the safest, highest quality care.
Hospitals that are accredited by AAHA meet high veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its services and equipment. Then a practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the hospital to make sure it meets AAHA’s high standards in the areas of:
- emergency services
- pain management
- contagious diseases
- surgery and anesthesia
- radiology services
- pathology services
- nursing care
- diagnostic and pharmacy
- examination facilities
- pet medical records
- medical library
- housekeeping and maintenance
An easy way to find AAHA-accredited hospitals is with the American Animal Hospital Locator.
Ask people like you about the best animal hospital
Get recommendations from friends or coworkers who feel the same way about their pets as you do. If you consider your pet a member of your family, ask people who think the same way.
If you’re moving far away
If you’re moving to another area, ask your current veterinarian for a recommendation. Area veterinary medicine associations also have lists of active members, often with special interests such as avian and exotic medicine.
Read th rest of this article at AAHA.org