You love your pet and want to ensure that the veterinarians you choose as the right qualifications to provide the care they need. But what kind of qualifications should you be looking for in your pet?
Choosing the Right Vet
Selecting a new vet for your pet can be a stressful experience. There are so many things worth considering.
Will you like your prospective vet? Are their hours in line with yours? Are they located close to your home? But beyond these day-to-day practicalities, there are a number of certifications individual veterinarians can hold. But what do those certifications mean? Here are a few common ones.
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 in with is whether or not they are actually qualified to practice in the United States. When someone graduates from an American veterinary school, they receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (also called a DVM or VMD). This degree means that the person you are considering to provide care for your pet is, in fact, 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).