Five Things to Consider When Selecting a Veterinarian

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Joel Todd Leroy Prince

A partner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois, Joel Todd Leroy Prince, DVM, provides veterinary care for small companion animals with a focus on neurological disorders, oncology treatments, and orthopedic and soft tissue surgical procedures. Dr. Joel Todd Leroy Prince’s clinic reminds pet owners to take careful consideration when selecting a veterinarian. Pet owners may wish to consider the following points when deciding on a doctor for their animals.

1. Certification and testimonials. Check veterinarian credentials, such as accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and reputation with clients. Accreditation with the AAHA ensures the clinic meets critical care, equipment, and facility standards, and positive testimonials help determine the veterinarian’s rapport with current and past clients.

2. Available services. Find out what services the veterinarian’s clinic provides and which procedures are performed in-house. You can save yourself time and money by finding a clinic that performs x-rays, bloodwork, ultrasounds, EKGs, and other diagnostic procedures on site.

3. Office amenities and organization. Visit the veterinarian’s office and ask for a tour of the facilities to check for updated equipment and office cleanliness. The level of care that staff show for the office’s appearance and its equipment can reflect their quality of service, so you may want to avoid clinics with outdated equipment and dirty examine rooms.

4. Bedside manner. Make arrangements to visit the veterinarian’s office and observe how the individual and their staff interact with their animal patients. Good veterinarians show genuine interest in their patients and treat them with care and respect. Warning signs include staff that handle patients roughly or show disinterest in their stress levels.

5. Communication. Consider the veterinarian and their staff’s level of communication, including how well they explain procedures and the reasons behind their treatment recommendations. Select a veterinarian who communicates well, provides reliable information, and listens to your questions and concerns.

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