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What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

What qualifications should I look for in a vet?

You want to be sure that the vet you choose for your beloved pet has the right qualifications to provide the veterinary care your animal needs. Here are the qualifications you should look for. 

Choosing the Right Vet

It can be stressful to choose a new vet for your animal. After all, you have so many things to consider. Will you like this person? Are the hospital hours in line with your availability? In addition, beyond the day-to-day practicalities of choosing a vet, did you know there are a number of certifications an individual vet can hold? We'll explain the two mandatory certifications.

Mandatory U.S. Veterinary Qualifications

When looking for a vet, confirm the veterinarian you are considering is licensed in the United States, as well as in your state. You may also want to check into whether other people working in the hospital are licensed, such as registered veterinary technicians. Stop by the vet's office to take a look around. If you aren't able to 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 is that your vet is qualified to practice in the U.S. When a person graduates from an American veterinary school they receive a DVM—Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (sometimes called a VMD degree). All vets practicing in the U.S. must have a DVM degree. A DVM degree means that the person you are considering is, in fact, a qualified veterinarian and is 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).

Companion Pet Clinic of Arizona's veterinary professionals are dedicated to offering you and your pet the finest care in veterinary medicine. Contact us today to learn more about the qualifications of our vets and our range of services.

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