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What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

You love your pet and you want to be able to make sure that the veterinarian you choose for them has the right qualifications to provide the care that they need. But what qualifications should you be looking for?

Choosing the Right Vet

The process of finding a new vet for your beloved companion can be a stressful experience. There are so many things to consider when making this decision. Are their hours in line with yours? Are they convenient to travel; to from your home? Do you even like them? But aside from these important considerations, there are a number of certifications an individual vet is able to hold. But what do they mean? Here are a few of the most common.

Mandatory U.S. Veterinary Qualifications

When searching for a vet, check to ensure that the prospective vet you are considering is in fact licensed to practice both in the United States and in your own state. It may be worth your while to find out if other people working at the same hospital are licensed too, such as registered veterinary technicians. Visit your prospective vet's office and take a look around. If you don't see their certifications, ask them about their qualifications or contact your state's 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 in many states, there is a required state-specific examination. These tests generally assess a vet's knowledge of the local laws and regulations about veterinary medicine. In order to maintain their license to operate in a state, a vet needs to obtain continuing education and regularly renew their license. 

Vets That May Require A Referral

Veterinary Specialists - A board-certified veterinary specialist is a veterinarian who has completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine and has passed an examination that evaluates their knowledge and skills in that specialty area. If your pet is unwell, your regular vet may refer you to a veterinary specialist. There are 41 distinct specialties within veterinary medicine ranging from behavior to ophthalmology and surgery to dentistry. You may be referred to a veterinary specialist if diagnosing or treating your pet's health issue requires specialized equipment and/or expertise that your primary care veterinarian does not have. Veterinary specialists take pride in working with your primary care veterinarian to provide your pet with the best care possible.

At Herring Cove Animal Hospital, our veterinary professionals are committed to offering your pet the finest care available in veterinary medicine. Contact us today to learn more about the qualifications of our vets and our range of services.

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Our Provincetown veterinary hospital is always accepting new patients. Our vets are passionate about the health and well-being of your pets and can't wait to welcome you into our veterinary family.

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