What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

You love your pet, so choosing a vet with the right qualifications to provide the care your four-legged friend is an important task. Our Santa Rosa vets explain which qualifications you should look for in a vet. 

Choosing the Right Vet

You've got a big decision to make: who will be your pet's new vet? This can be a stressful choice since there are so many factors to consider? Do the hospital hours coincide with your availability? Will you like your vet and feel comfortable with them? Beyond the day-to-day practicalities of choosing a vet, there are a number of certifications an individual vet may hold. So, what do these certifications mean? Here are a few of the most common. 

Mandatory U.S. Veterinary Qualifications

When you are looking for a vet, check to make sure that the veterinarian you are considering is licensed in the U.S. and in your state. You may also what to take the time to find out if other people working in the hospital are licensed, such as registered veterinary technicians. Pop into the vet's office and take a look around, if you don't see the certifications hanging in the reception area, simply ask to see their licenses or contact your state board of veterinary medicine for more information.

Here are the two certifications you are looking for:

DVM (VMD) - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - The first thing that you need to check is that your vet is qualified to practice in the U.S. When a person graduates from an American veterinary school they receive a DVM—Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (sometimes called a VMD degree). All vets practicing in the U.S. must have a DVM degree. A DVM degree means that the person you are considering is, in fact, a qualified veterinarian and is fully qualified to perform the duties of the profession.

State Veterinary Licensing - In order to practice veterinary medicine, some states also require a veterinarian to pass a state-specific examination. These exams typically test the vet's knowledge of the state's laws and regulations governing veterinary medicine. In order to maintain a state veterinary license, vets must obtain continuing education and may need to renew their license on a regular basis (often every 3 years).

Montecito Veterinary Center's veterinary professionals are dedicated to offering you and your pet the finest care in veterinary medicine. Contact us today to learn more about the qualifications of our vets and our range of services.

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