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Whether you’ve moved into the area, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here are a few tips for finding a veterinarian that’s right for you.

Look for AAHA accreditation
It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be accredited show they are committed to meeting — or exceeding — standards in a variety of different areas (approximately 900 standards, to be exact). An AAHA-accredited hospital goes above and beyond. They must prove to a third-party (AAHA) that they consistently provide the safest, highest quality care.

Ask people like you
Get recommendations from friends or coworkers who feel the same way about their pets as you do. Online reviews can also be a good tool for selecting your new vet.

Schedule a “get acquainted” meeting
The worst time to find a veterinarian is when your pet becomes ill and really needs one. Instead, schedule a brief get acquainted meeting so you and your pet can meet with the veterinarian. This meeting will allow you to ask about hospital practices and determine if this hospital is the “right fit” for both you and your pet. An effective veterinarian-owner-pet relationship is a partnership and communication is key.

*Provided by Dunwoody Vet Center