Experienced pet owners know only too well the importance of finding a reliable veterinarian nearby, who can be trusted and contacted for regular care as well as for emergencies. If you just adopted a new pet or just moved in the state and need to locate good Baltimore veterinarians, we offer you some tips to find a qualified person that is right for you.
- Look for an accredited specialist
Looking for the person’s education and experience is the first step when you search for any kind of specialists. You should try to find Baltimore veterinarians who work in a center (clinic, hospital etc.) that has been accredited by the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association). This accreditation only is a proof of commitment and respect of standards in veterinary practice, which translate into safe, high-quality care for the pets. Veterinary centers accredited by the AAHA are regularly inspected and evaluated by specialist consultants, in areas including examination facility, hygiene and maintenance, medical library and pet medical records, regular and emergency services. Veterinary centers accredited by AAHA can be easily found with the association’s locator.
- Get some names and recommendations
Getting recommendations should not be that difficult: talk to other pet parents, also ask friends, colleagues or family members. If you just moved into the state with your pet, it is a good idea to ask your previous veterinarian for recommendations.
- Look for local medical veterinary associations – they have lists with active Baltimore veterinarians, sorted by their experience and specialty (specialists in birds, exotic animals etc.).
- Take some time and visit a few of the veterinary centers on your list. This tour de practice is mandatory before making the final choice because you have the chance to observe the facilities, notice important details and ask questions directly. Make sure that the medical center respects the sanitary norms and hygienic standards. Too much clutter may be a sign of negligence. Animals should seem comfortable and safe, cats should be separated from dogs, the equipment should be adequate for all kind of medical situations and as up-to-date as possible. Also, even if veterinarians are trained to care for all animals, for your own peace of mind make sure that there are specialists for your particular type of pet: aquatic animal vets for fishes, avian vets for birds etc.
Once you have chosen a medical veterinarian center and a vet, you can consider making the first appointment and get acquainted. This step is important to observe the interactions vet – pet and vet – pet owner; a good communication, as well as the friendliness and the feeling of trust should be the things that matter. Make sure to ask about anything that is important to you: types of payment, insurance, what to do in case of an emergency, how to schedule appointments, leave messages and ask questions anytime you need to (by phone, online etc.).
Finding a good veterinarian and working in partnership with him/ her will translate into proper care for your pet, so make sure to choose wisely and responsibly.