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Make a meet the vet appointment would be my best recommendation. Just be prepared to pay for an office visit.

AAHA certification is a good thing, but it takes about a year or so to get (depending on how fast your county is to finish signing off on things...it is SLOW here) so a brand new clinic probably will not have it right away.
 

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Well, obviously, you will ask questions regarding the things you didn't like about the existing vet to see if they respond differently.

Then you will want to know what affilliations they may have with specialists like radiology, eye/ear, orthopedic, emergency vets, etc.

Do they have a particular specialty as far as large breeds, birds, reptiles? My vet is a renowned bird expert as well as a well-respected mammal vet.

What pets do they have personally? Since my vet owns 3 Maltese, I am thrilled with him.

How do they schedule procedures like dental, surgery, etc. Will you be absolutely required to leave your baby overnight, no matter what?

Will you be able to schedule your appts with a specific vet all the time or do you have to take whoever?

Can they do any lab/xray on premises? What other conveniences do they offer?

That's all I can think of right now but do make a list and check each question off. Don't feel awkward about that.....it's just the logical thing to do. Especially if you do have to pay for an office visit to do this interview.

Good luck! I hope it turns out to be the dream vet!
 

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Originally posted by Pico's Parent@Jan 31 2005, 09:57 AM
What pets do they have personally?  Since my vet owns 3 Maltese, I am thrilled with him.
I wish I could find a Vet that owned a Maltese... thats soo much to our advantage because then they will understand how you feel about your baby!

I HATE my vet... and I have looked around for another... but I cant find anything local... sooo for now.. I drive 1hr away to a specialist hospital for any procedures and only get vaccines at my local vet. I hope everything works out for you Nichole, I know how fustrating it can be.
 

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I would suggest bringing your baby Toby there with you to see if they get mushy with him. I really don't like a doctor who doesn't love my babies. heheeh
 

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Originally posted by Nichole@Feb 4 2005, 01:31 PM
Just a little update...

I made an appointment today to take my brother's dog Aaden (Wally's brother) to this new vet on Tuesday.  Depending on how that goes, we'll see what I decide.

If you remember, Aaden has that "interdigital cyst" on his paw (according to that rude vet).  It started bleeding pretty bad the other night so my mom wants him to go back to the vet because we aren't so sure that is what it is; we are thinking he has a splinter or something. 

Anyway, I call to make the appointment today and the receptionist said that they would like to have his medical records from the other vet.  I was dreading making that call to the old vet because they are so rude.  So, I call and this girl answers and I told her that I wanted the records sent to the new vet's office.
Normally, it is best to just go and pick up the old records and take them with you. That's what I did when I changed vets and that way you know for sure that it'll be done. It usually is a ton of papers. Also, BTW a lot of vets will only copy the old records and not actually release the originals...

I hope the new vet turns out to be a good one. I love my vet so much and I guess I am lucky in that regard. I can't imagine the uneasy feeling you must feel having a vet that you don't really "click" with.
 
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