Most vets will do their best to take care of your pet but really good vets are like gold dust. You know when you've found one and, more importantly, so does your pet! But what is it that makes good vets so much better than most? We've boiled it down to five characteristics.
Most vets show compassion for their animal patient but the best vets also show compassion for owners too. Although your pet may be their last of the day and, to a trained vet, your pet's condition may not seem dramatic or frightening, the best vets understand that to you and your pet, this is a big deal. They are able to empathise with you and give your pet the tender care they deserve, even if it is 7pm on a Friday and they've been on their feet for 12 hours straight!
Unless you're popping in for yearly boosters or a flea treatment top-up, you're usually only ever at the vet when you are worried about your furry friend. The best vets are those who act with confidence from the moment you walk in and make you and your pet feel like everything is going to be OK because they, the expert, are taking over and know exactly what to do.
3. Good time management
This one is a fine balance and is very tricky to find - the perfect vet runs their clinic on time and yet doesn't make owners feel rushed to keep their appointment within their allotted 10 minutes. How those super-vets out there manage to do both, we're not entirely sure! But if you find a vet where your appointment starts on time AND you feel you had ample time with them to talk things over, you've hit the jackpot.
4. Ability to 'break it down'
Vets are very intelligent people who know numerous species' anatomy inside out, literally. As a consequence, some can forget that we don't all share their knowledge and that when they use long, complex medical words it can leave us non-vets feeling completely lost. The very best vets have thorough knowledge but are able to break it down into language that makes sense to the average human. They also give you plenty of time to ask questions and clarify any areas you're unsure of without making you feel stupid!
5. Being a true animal lover
This one you can tell from the second you walk through the door. Do they treat your pet like one more animal on a long list of patients for the day? Or do they take the time to get to know them a little? Stroke them, find their favourite scratch spot, talk to them and maybe even sneak them a treat? These are the vets who really understand our animals and, as a result, they are the ones our animals trust which, ultimately, is the most important thing.
Does your vet do all of these things? Firstly, well done to you for finding an amazing vet! Secondly, the producers of Bondi Vet want to know! The search has begun for a new Bondi Vet and Mad Paws are partners in that search. If you think your vet deserves recognition, nominate them now!
Mad Paws Pty Ltd