How To Find The Best Veterinarian Surgeon
To find the best vet surgeon for your pets, the first step should be to talk with your usual veterinarian about his / her credentials and qualifications as a vet surgeon. Veterinary surgery is a specialty field, and the veterinary surgeon you choose should be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or a similar accrediting organization.
Follow simple steps to find the best vet surgeon:
- If your regular veterinarian doesn’t have the proper credentials, ask if they can refer you to a vet surgeon. Get the name and contact information for the vet surgeon he or she recommends, and remember to ask why they recommend this surgeon in particular.
- Similarly, you can also ask any fellow pet owners that you know, such as friends or colleagues, if they have worked with any veterinary surgeons previously and if they would recommend them based on their experience. If your immediate network of fellow pet owners can’t recommend any veterinary surgeons, ask them if they have any friends whose pets have had surgery recently, and ask if they would mind putting you in touch with these contacts. Request the names and contact information of your networks’ surgeons as well.
- Contact the veterinary surgeons recommended by your regular vet and fellow pet owners, and inquire about their credentials. Any surgeon you choose should be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. You should also ask whether they have been the subject of a formal complaint or investigation, and to provide details if so – they are legally obligated to do so.
- Schedule an appointment with the veterinary surgeon, or surgeons, that you are taking into consideration.
i) Your first appointment should be to meet the staff, including the veterinarian himself, his assistants, and other animal medical professionals on call, and tour the office and facilities.
ii) Have a list of questions ready, and pay special attention to the cleanliness of the office, lab and test areas, and exam rooms (especially the surgical exam room).
iii) Make sure housing for dogs and cats is separated (so that they cannot harm each other), and the animals seem well cared-for and happy.
iv) You should meet with the veterinary surgeon personally during this first appointment, to ask any questions about his experience, both as a veterinarian and in performing the particular procedure in question.
Above all else, trust your gut – make sure you’re entirely satisfied with the veterinary surgeon and his offices before trusting him with your pet’s health.