I look for a vet that first and foremost actually appears to like animals. I look for competence from the vet and from the staff. I expect them to offer information about after hours services, I check to see whether they have an oncall vet when they are on vacation, etc. I expect the waiting and exam rooms to be clean ~ if they aren't clean I would question their care and competence.
Because I am aware of the issues with vaccinations and flea treatments, I also insist on a vet that is aware of these problems and doesn't vaccinate just for routine income. I know what the overhead costs are, but I still compare prices and fees. Someone who is more interested in income than in my pet's health won't see me ~ or my pets ~ again. I worked as a vet tech for a long time, so maybe I'm pickier than most people. But, a good vet is worth the money you'll spend ... and than some!
at 4:36 PM on Jun. 25, 2010