Do You Have Preferences Regarding the Type of Clinic?
- Would you prefer a large multi- doctor practice or a smaller one-doctor clinic?
- Is there a cats-only clinic in your area?
- In a mixed practice, would you prefer they have a separate cat waiting room and exam room?
- Do you need a clinic with later hours or a 24/hour clinic based on your work schedule?
- Do you want a clinic that is also a boarding facility?
- A house call or mobile clinic?
- Does the clinic have emergency services or is there an emergency clinic nearby?
- Upon driving up to the clinic, what is your first impression?
- How does the waiting room look?
- Does it have an odor or does it smell clean?
- Does it look clean and well-maintained?
- Pay attention to the receptionist – is he/she friendly and knowledgeable?
- Are phonecalls answered quickly and professionally?
- Take a tour behind the scenes. Boarded animals should be kept separate from hospital patients.
- Emergency services
- House calls
- Extensive in-house laboratory testing
- In-house diagnostic testing (such as endoscopy, ultrasound, etc)
- Nutrition Counseling
- Behavior counseling (if so, who does this and what are their qualifications or do they refer cases)
Determine What Services are Important to You When it Comes to the Care of Your Cat
Visit the Veterinary Clinic
If you want to spend a few minutes talking with the veterinarian (a good idea) and touring the facility (another good idea), then call ahead of time to schedule a short appointment. It’s not fair to expect the veterinarian to see you unannounced.