Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Eastern South Dakota
I generally start with word of mouth, and then judge based on my own experience. I can deal with a vet being slightly not *perfect* (in the people handling department) if the vet techs are decent, good vet techs do a LOT of the day to day stuff anyway.
I want my vets to be open to ME making the choices on what I'm doing with my animals. In other words, if a vet isn't going to let me be with my animal for the entire visit, there'd better be an excellent reason. Or if a vet is going to push me really hard toward a certain treatment (must speuter RIGHTNOW), a certain food (Science Diet is the BESTEVER), a certain method of training (better ALPHAROLL that dog), etc, I'm probably not going to like them.
I like a vet that is willing to listen and respect my learnings about my dogs, and who pays attention to things I notice about them, like my gut instinct. I especially love it when a vet treats my animals with respect.
It's fairly important to me that their office be clean and neat. It doesn't have to be all shiny and new, but if they aren't willing to keep the place clean, then I'm not likely to go back. Along those lines, I prefer it if the place is organized. If they keep losing records and such, and can't keep track of when appointments are etc, that's gonna bother me.
My Dog: Krissie ~ Beagle Mix Extraordinaire 09/09