What we look for in a Veterinarian

A veterinarian is your employee. When looking for a new one, interview them, ask questions.

Are they owned by a chain of clinics? This is very important to me. If they are, they are likely owned by the brand of pet food they sell.  That means they’re owned by a kibble company and not the veterinarian offering advice so they will rarely be able to offer advice on how to use fresh or homemade foods and will often act like  homemade or fresh food diets make your pet a greater risk than other pets. This is nothing but salesmanship. A pet fed fresh food has no greater risk than a kibble fed pet. A vet should be able to offer you advice on how to feed your pet however you choose to care for them and shouldn’t pretend you’ve put their staff and other customers at risk.

Do they recommend yearly shots? If yes, ask them to justify their position given most immunizations are good for a minimum of 7 years and usually offer immunity for life. While this is not true of some of the puppy shots it is true of almost all adult immunizations.

For instance we do not treat our pets with chemical flea treatments as we believe they are a far greater risk to us and our pets than the fleas are to our long term health. Ask what their policy is around this. Do they shame you into getting a flea treatment pretending your risking their whole practice if a flea arrives on your pet or are they accepting of your choice and willing to work with you?

Hold them to task about what is important to you, they’re your employee. We’ve been trained by the medical system to trust the white coat but veterinarians are entrepreneurs and there are really good ones and bad ones out there, so interview your vet. There are of course many things that are not listed here that may be more or less important to you and your family when it comes to finding the right Veterinarian, make a list ahead of time and refer to it when talking to your next potential Veterinary service provider.