How to Choose a Veterinarian

1. Get some opinions. Ask around to see where people take their pets, why they take them there, and if they are happy with the veterinarian.

a. Ask friends, family, and co-workers, but be sure to ask them why they see this particular veterinarian. Pet owners often take their pets to a certain clinic just because they always have and always will, or because the veterinarian is a long-time family friend. This doesn't make it the best choice for you.

b. Ask groomers, petsitters, kennels, and other pet service facilities.

c. Ask breeders

d. Ask people at a breed club

e. Ask your local humane society or other animal-welfare groups

f. Ask private pet rescue organizations

2. Educate yourself on the veterinarian's background

a. Education

b. Board certification

c. Record with the state