What To Look Out For In A Veterinarian In Singapore

Factors to consider before choosing a vet!

What To Look Out For In A Veterinarian

When selecting a veterinarian, you are doing more than searching for a medical expert. You are looking for someone to meet your needs, budget and needs of your pet. Basically, a doctor who has people as well as animal skills. The worst time to look for a vet is when you really need one, so plan ahead and choose wisely. Veterinarians often work with a team of professionals, including technicians and qualified support staff, so you will want to evaluate the entire vet team’s competence and care. You should also consider the hospital’s location and fees when making a decision. Driving a few extra kilometres or paying a bit more may be worth it to get the care you want for your pet.

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1. Recommendations

The best way to find a good veterinarian is to ask people who have the same approach to pet care as you. Start with a recommendation from a friend, neighbour, animal shelter worker, dog trainer, groomer, boarding kennel employee or pet sitter.

2. Background Check

Check if the vet is registered or not. It is illegal for anyone who isn’t registered to practice as a vet.

3. Facility

Do a pre-check to see if the facility is clean, comfortable and well-organized.

4. Location

It is a good idea to choose a vet close to your home. Not only is it convenient, if there is an emergency, it is good to know that you can get your pet to the vet as soon as possible because quick treatment could save their life.

5. Price

Check if the fees of veterinarian fit your budget. Also, do make sure to double confirm to. If you are concerned about price, you may consider purchasing a pet insurance. Here is a list of Pet Insurances in Singapore.

6. Skills and Experience

Most vets carry out a variety of medical and surgical procedures but there may be times when it’s better for a specialized vet to take over. For example, this is crucial if your pet requires an MRI scan or has a complex fracture. If your practice doesn’t have a specialist, then they may refer your pet to another vet. Also, do the veterinarians have special interests such as geriatrics or behaviour?

Update: November 2, 2017.

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