Not every veterinarian understands the veterinary care of small mammals. You need to do a lot of research in order to find the veterinarian who is right for you and your pet. The Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians’ website may help you locate a vet within reasonable driving distance while the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners’ website may help you locate a certified specialist in small mammals.
Just because someone is listed on either site doesn’t mean he or she is the right veterinarian for you. Use these tips to help you find the perfect veterinarian.
1. Call different local veterinarians as well as ones that practice in other towns and ask who they recommend when they encounter a difficult case with your kind of pet.
2. Ask pet store personnel and operators of shelters for your animal’s species who they recommend.
3. Read online reviews. If something in a review is troubling about a veterinarian you’d otherwise visit, call and ask the hospital about the bothersome review.
4. Look at the back of magazines for veterinary listings or consult the vet directory listing at SmallAnimalChannel.com.
5. Feel free to ask questions about the practice when you call to schedule an appointment. For example, how many rabbits (or whatever pet you have) does the veterinarian see over the course of a week?
6. If you are not comfortable with a veterinarian on the day of your visit, feel free to discuss your concerns with the doctor.
7. If you still are uncertain about whether this is the right veterinarian for your pet, seek a second opinion.