There are many reasons why you may need to find a new vet for your pet. You may be moving house, looking for someone closer, have had a not-so-good experience with your previous vet, or may simply have heard great things about another clinic.
When considering which vet to choose, here a few points to consider:
- How easy are they to access? Are they nearby with safe parking?
- What hours are the open? Are they open when you’re able to take your pet there?
- Do they provide an after hours service? If your pet gets sick in the middle of the night or when they are closed, will you have access to a local service so your pet can be treated without a long trip to a dedicated emergency centre?
- Are they good value for money? This doesn’t necessarily mean they are the cheapest, but rather they offer a very good service at a fair price
- Are they recommended by friends and family? This is often the best way to find a vet you will like.
The list could go on a lot longer, but the main thing is to check if your vet will be there for you when you need them and you feel that you can trust them to look after your much loved pet.
How to Change Clinics
If your pet has never been to a vet before, you can simply call the clinic of your choice and book your pet in for an appointment.
If your pet has been under the care of another vet in the past, it is important to ensure your new vet has your pet’s medical history so they are aware of any existing health issues and can better treat your pet.
When you have chosen your new vet, give them a call to register your details with them. Let them know which vet you have used in the past, and give them permission to contact your previous vet to obtain your pet’s medical history. Your new vet will then contact your previous vet on your behalf and the history will be sent over. Your new clinic will do all the legwork for you.
You should be looking for a vet who you can build a long term relationship with. Finding someone you like and trust is important, so make sure you’re happy with your choice of vet.