Here at Leesville Animal Hospital, we know all about finding a good Raleigh vet; we should because we have three of our own on staff!
Even if you don’t decide to join our family, though, we want to make sure that you do find a veterinarian who will give your furry friends the care they deserve. So today we are going to talk about a few ways that you can go about finding a good Raleigh vet!
We are slightly biased towards Dr. Pearce, Dr. Neligon, and Dr. Tull here at our practice, but if you’re looking for somewhere closer to home, here are a few things that you can do to get the best vet for you!
6 Things to Look For When Finding a Good Raleigh Vet
1. When Finding a Good Raleigh Vet Always Check That the Vet is Licensed!
Every veterinarian is not only required to be licensed to practice veterinary care, but they must be licensed to practice in North Carolina in order to provide veterinary services to Raleigh pets. You can look up a veterinarian’s license to practice through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards.
2. Finding a Good Raleigh Vet Means Touring the Veterinary Facility!
Don’t ever decide on a Raleigh veterinarian before you have visited and toured their facility. You can tell a lot about a vet clinic by the staff who work there, the cleanliness of the facility, and the services and technology that they have available.
If you want to tour a veterinary facility always make sure that you call ahead of time so that you don’t inconvenience the facility. If a clinic doesn’t welcome you to tour their facility with open arms when you have requested an appointment to do so, then you should consider looking elsewhere.
3. Finding a Good Raleigh Vet Means Being Comfortable!
One of the most important things about finding a vet for your furry family members is finding a vet that you AND your pet are comfortable with! Now your vet doesn’t have to be your best friend, but you do have to be able to talk to them honestly and openly and feel comfortable doing so. The same goes for your pet, they don’t have to do backflips when they see their vet, but they do have to be comfortable and trust the vet that you choose!
The best way to determine you and your pet’s level of comfort with a veterinarian is to call and make an appointment to visit the facility and speak with the veterinarian on staff that you are interested in seeing. When you visit the veterinary facility, make sure that you take your pet along with you so that they can get a feel for the vet as well!
4. Veterinary Specialties Are Important When Finding a Good Raleigh Vet!
Depending on what type of pet you have and what their health is like, the veterinarian that is right for someone else may not be right for you. For example, if you have a pet snake, Leesville Animal Hospital would not be the best veterinary clinic for you! If you have a dog in need of a CCL repair, however, we would be a great choice for you!
The best way to find a veterinarian that is right for you and your pet is to begin by making a list – what do you need from your veterinarian? Then make a list of a few questions to ask prospective veterinarians to make sure that they meet those requirements!
5. When Finding a Good Raleigh Vet Talk to Clients of Clinics You Are Considering!
When you have a few veterinarian clinics in mind, it’s always a good idea to talk to existing clients of the clinics that you are considering. Remember not to be rude or prying, but let them know that you are interested in the veterinary clinic that they use and would love to know if they are happy with the service they receive! Most pet owners won’t hesitate to recommend you to their vet if they have a good relationship with them.
It’s always good to ask a handful of clients of each vet clinic for their feedback on the clinic and the veterinarians that they see. Having multiple opinions will help you to get a fair sample of clients from the clinic so that your opinion is not swayed by a single experience.
6. Asking Questions is Important When Finding a Good Raleigh Veterinarian!
Lastly, when choosing a veterinarian it is important to know as much as possible about the clinic that you are considering. The best way to do this is to draw up a list of questions to research and ask when you visit the clinic in question. Some great questions to ask include:
- What are your hours?
- What payment methods do you accept?
- Do you offer emergency services?
- Do you do lab work in-house?
- What is your vaccination schedule?
- Do you have same day appointment availability for emergencies?
- Are you familiar with [your pet’s illness or condition]?
While we would love for everyone to become part of our family here at Leesville, we understand that sometimes we are too far from you or don’t specialize in your exotic pet care. So, we hope that these tips can help you to find a good veterinarian who fits your Raleigh veterinarian needs! If you do think that we would be the right fit for you just give us a call at (919)870-7000 and make an appointment to drop by and pay us a visit when it’s convenient for you!