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    What is it that makes you choose the veterinarian surgery that you use?

    Is it distance, as in the closest one to you?

    Have you been through several vets and finally found one you like and relate to well?

    Is it how the staff treat you?

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    We used to go to the closest ones, however they don't run tests to see if the pet is allergic to anesthesia, so we go to one about thirty/forty km's out.

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    I usually don't actually go to the vet I work at. I don't know why, maybe its cause I feel like I know everyone too well. I don't want friendships getting in the way if you know what I mean.
    I have 4 vets all within half an hour to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I usually don't actually go to the vet I work at. I don't know why, maybe its cause I feel like I know everyone too well. I don't want friendships getting in the way if you know what I mean.
    I have 4 vets all within half an hour to me.
    Really? That surprised me Myf, but in hindsight I can see where you're coming from.
    So, you actually pay to see another vet?????????

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    I called the local vet, which is the one we normally use to get a quote on how much it was going to cost to get Jaz desexed, micro chipped & her 12 mth booster and was quoted $325. A friend of my partners who has a dog bath business said she knew of a cheap vet who everyone seems to rave about 30 minutes away from home, so I gave them a call.

    Desexing $115, micro chipping $55 and all needles are free. I did a bit of research and they offer the cheaper service and free needles to do their bit for animals and to try and help prevent litters of unwanted babies.

    Out of all the vets I have been to, this place is fantastic. The staff are great, they treat the animals great, Mack who normally cries when we get to the vet actually jumps out of the car excited to get spoilt! And of course the good thing for me, is the cheaper rates and I know my girls are being well looked after.

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    It depends if it is routine or complex tests. After the last few weeks, I have decided that the preferred vet is the one that sits on the floor, introduces himself to my dog first before introducing himself to me or my partner. Also the after hour phone calls to see how things are going (even though he has been getting the reports from the other vets), but also to see how we are going! Nice vet, if anyone in the Newcastle area would like a recommendation to this vet, let me know!

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    I go to my local vet - it's where mum & dad used to take our old dog. I've never thought about changing but then I haven't needed to.

    It is quite a small practice. I like the staff there and I feel comfortable. Personally I'm wary of these chain practices. I don't really have anything to base it on though!

    A friend of mine (who goes to the same vet) has done work experience at a few vets and she reckons ours is the best in the area. And apparently the head vet is really active in research etc.

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    I haven't being to a local vet with Dora yet, but when I DO go, it'll probs be the closest one, or the one in the next suburb.
    My sister goes to one in Miranda (the one in the next suburb) with her mice (vermin, disgusting) and she likes it there. I might try out the only about 2km from me though

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    I used to have a really fantastic vet, who, because of the zoning he was in did house visits as his normal routine. He has a lovely surgery but it's something to do with parking. Got on really well with him.

    We moved in March last year and since then have been going to the same vets as the kennels I worked at use. There are a couple of vets there I like & some I don't, so I always request either of the two that I like.

    But nobody will replace Andrew and his toolbox of meds. His relaxed manner. He had a van fitted out and would collect your pet and take it back for surgery, or if you had an emergency you could meet him at his surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
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    But nobody will replace Andrew and his toolbox of meds. His relaxed manner. He had a van fitted out and would collect your pet and take it back for surgery, or if you had an emergency you could meet him at his surgery.
    Sounds like a modern James Herriot LOL, how wonderful!!

    We go to a vet practice that's about 10 mins drive away - not the closest one to us, and probably not the cheapest, but from the first time I went there I was impressed with their friendliness and professionalism. The vet nurses are all fantastic, and the vets are down-to-earth and patient with my feral kids LOL. Well so they should be I guess - we definitely helped keep them in business thanks to our cat breaking 2 legs in the space of 6 months!
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