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Choosing a Vet

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How did you choose your equine veterinarian?

The Yellow Pages or online search
4%
23
I use my barn's veterinarian
9%
54
Referral from a trainer, friend or other equine professional
85%
515
I don't have a regular veterinarian
2%
12

Total votes cast: 604

Comments & Write-in Answers

Listened to the way the vet talked to horse owners. Was he knowledgable? Respectful? Available?

6/3/2013 9:20:42 PM

Actually found her on my own by checking around and observing.

6/3/2013 8:09:18 PM

I have my own barn...I am a veterinarian

6/3/2013 6:35:36 PM

I have used the same vet for 18 years now. He was the barn vet at the barn I boarded at 18 yrs ago

6/3/2013 6:10:20 PM

my Vet is AAEP Certified

6/3/2013 5:59:57 PM

Have used the same vet for 45 years. His father was my parent's vet too

6/3/2013 1:29:26 PM

All are equine specialists ~ exceptional care afforded to my rescue horses.

6/3/2013 7:01:38 AM

Kauai, Hi. We have 1 Equine Vet and are blessed to have him. We didn't have an Equine Vet for years

6/3/2013 1:29:25 AM

Horse is at trainers barn and is good, my vet doesn't travel out there

6/2/2013 5:49:38 PM

He aw she town vet that my dad knew in a small own and we still have him as our vet today

6/2/2013 4:19:38 PM

Wish I had one in my area. Have had to learn to do things myself.

6/1/2013 12:17:46 PM

I went through a few vets. I like a vet that doesn't patronize and is not prone to expensive "maybe"

6/1/2013 8:25:38 AM

Had professional non equine contact with her & then asked friends about her

6/1/2013 8:24:51 AM

Then I make a well horse visit, perhaps a teeth float. I watch, I talk, I listen.

5/31/2013 8:10:22 PM

Tfhe only vet (of 2 in my area) who makes farm calls...I didn't have a truck and trailer for 4 years

5/31/2013 5:42:13 PM

Dr. Dugan (Roy WA.) Our mare has cushings pergolide has helped her greatly.

5/31/2013 4:16:55 PM

New Bolton provides our veterinarian services, we are very fortunate.

5/31/2013 1:11:51 PM

... and only after conducting my own research on reputation, knowledge and experience in their field

5/31/2013 12:59:57 PM

My vet is a better communicator than my primary care physician!

5/31/2013 12:44:15 PM

Been using the same 3 vets and clinics in CA, but moved and have had a hard time finding a new one.

5/31/2013 12:03:40 PM

Two large animal vets in area, use both, depending on situation

5/31/2013 11:24:38 AM

I aksed every one I knew with horses. Then settled on one. Still with him.

5/30/2013 10:32:15 PM

The best Chino Valley Equine Hospital is close by... I take all my horses there.

5/30/2013 10:09:02 PM

be careful picking a vet...

5/30/2013 8:55:46 PM

allHaving dealt with most of the local ones, finy picked the ones the horses get on with best.

5/30/2013 7:59:48 PM

Also - who is willing to come to a small barn

5/30/2013 9:52:33 AM

I also investigated different vets and check with the college

5/30/2013 8:06:10 AM

I am employed at an equine hospital

5/30/2013 1:38:32 AM

I actually don't remember. He has been my vet for almost 20 years.

5/30/2013 12:01:12 AM

We like to assess any new Vet who comes to town then we make our decision to leave the current Vet.

5/29/2013 11:54:14 PM

In my rural area, we don't have choices

5/29/2013 10:55:24 PM

New to the area. Barn vet retired.

5/29/2013 9:47:10 PM

In our area, large animal vets are very hard to find, and a good one is really hard to find.

5/29/2013 9:04:34 PM

Lots of vets ( younger ones) appear to have a lot of information and little knowledge.

5/29/2013 9:00:56 PM

have used the same 3 vers for over 20 years. Each has his own specialty.

5/29/2013 4:31:26 PM

I trust my vet completely!

5/29/2013 2:28:29 PM

I use the same vet my grandparents used for their horses

5/29/2013 2:20:21 PM

"Group practice" diminishes the quality I can get from using a vet who knows my horses, esp in Emerg

5/29/2013 12:59:04 PM

i am very careful on choosing my health care providers for both mine and my clients horses.

5/29/2013 12:55:12 PM

I work at a veterinary college whose amubulatory service is one of the few equine vets around

5/29/2013 12:48:23 PM

word of mouth from respected horse people, then my own on going personal experience with vet

5/29/2013 11:48:54 AM

I called for an emergency when new to the area 20 years ago, she remains my vet and trusted friend.

5/29/2013 11:43:16 AM

The people we bought my mare from recommended him. We might switch, though.

5/29/2013 10:57:38 AM

We have good & knowledgable friends who referred us to our two female vets, they are the best !!

5/29/2013 9:59:28 AM

Pays to do your research! There are good Vets:) and unfortunately others.

5/29/2013 8:39:49 AM

Asking other long-time horse owners who they like/don't like and why is usually a good way.

5/29/2013 7:22:47 AM

Farm call vets are becoming a dying breed. I try to find decent vets in new locales...

5/29/2013 12:18:50 AM

I was able to watch him work on other equines - in Hawaii we are limited in our choices.

5/28/2013 10:13:44 PM

I use a large vet clinic - got to know all the vets, I have my favorites

5/28/2013 10:11:08 PM

I look for a Vet that understands alternative modalities as these have benefitted my Equids the most

5/28/2013 8:42:00 PM

I found my vet long before Internet came into vogue, in the local horse yellow pages!

5/28/2013 8:05:47 PM

Use several veterinarians dependent upon the need

5/28/2013 7:49:20 PM

One of the local vets just come out. It is always one of those 5.

5/28/2013 7:43:40 PM

It was just luck--My first barn used the practice he worked with--he's great.

5/28/2013 7:19:30 PM

I have a regular but I use many vets. Often it comes down to who will come in an emergency!

5/28/2013 7:06:09 PM

Our family choose our horse vet many years ago. Never regretted it.

5/28/2013 7:00:58 PM

Our regular vet was on vacation and his staff refered us. Love him so much 16 years & still going

5/28/2013 6:06:19 PM

really " none of the above" I met my vet at a non horse event.

5/28/2013 5:56:43 PM

My vet knew my horse before I bought him, so I continued using her as my vet!

5/28/2013 5:37:14 PM

Live in a small town with only two vets, went by reputation and personal experience with other vet.

5/28/2013 5:35:11 PM

Found my vet decades ago - was only one that would deal w/ mustangs

5/28/2013 5:14:06 PM

We use different veterinarians for different issues.

5/28/2013 5:04:47 PM

When we moved to TX from PA we got a referral from the next door neighbor, who raises Peruvians.

5/28/2013 4:41:59 PM

Had the same vet clinic since 1981. Great folks!

5/28/2013 4:32:53 PM

when you have one of the top vet schools in the country three miles down the road, it's a no brainer

5/28/2013 4:27:05 PM

But also personal references

5/28/2013 1:34:21 PM

No equine vets in my rural area.

5/28/2013 8:16:46 AM

LookLooked at local practices, vets, location. staff, etc.

5/28/2013 8:15:04 AM

Word of mouth led me to my current vet, who is incredible.

5/28/2013 7:38:56 AM

Been with them for 30 years--they are the closest and happily one of the best regionally.

5/28/2013 2:54:06 AM

Even with a referral, if I'm not comfortable I will go the the AAEP website

5/28/2013 2:33:33 AM