Your pet is a member of the family. So when your pet needs health care, especially when he requires surgery, you would want to make sure that you find a trustworthy veterinarian with the expertise and training that you would count on when choosing your own doctor. Getting a referral for a vet surgeon from your community vet is expected when the surgical procedure required is beyond the scope of your family vet. There are a few key things that you should ask when finding a surgery specialist. Try to be patient throughout the process. The last thing that you want to do is to be forced to rush into a decision before you are ready.
1. Talk with your regular vet about the credentials of the vet surgeon being recommended. Veterinary surgery is a specialty area, and the vet surgeon should be board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or similar qualified organizations.
2. Ask your regular veterinarian veto recommend optional surgeons if there are other creditable sources within a manageable distance from your home. Get the name and contact information of the vet surgeon she recommends. Contact the vet surgeon and ask qualifying questions. Again, the vet surgeon you choose should be board certified.
3. Go to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website and click on “Find a Surgeon” if your regular vet was not able to recommend a satisfactory vet surgeon. Look up the vet surgeons in your area, and contact every one for more information about this practices. If you found them on the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website, you know that they are board certified. You can also contact the American Veterinary Medical Association to look for a qualified vet surgeon that is fully certified.
4. Try asking your friends and family members for recommendations to find a vet surgeon. Ask people who have needed a vet surgeon in the past. Get the contact information for the vet surgeon they trusted with their…