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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 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).

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 Newkirk Family Veterinarians, our veterinary professionals are committed to offering your pet the best possible veterinary care. Contact us today to learn more about the qualifications of our vets and our range of services.

Always Welcoming New Patients

At Newkirk Family Veterinarians, we always accept new patients into our veterinary family. Our veterinarians are passionate about the health and well-being of Egg Harbor Township pets. Contact us today to book your pet's first appointment. 

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