If there is something wrong with your pet, see your vet. Vets can treat your pets and give advice on everyday care. But if your pet has something complicated, such as a bone fracture, a vet can refer you to a colleague in a referral clinic who has more knowledge and expertise about your pet’s condition.

Why is a referral to a hospital for animals necessary?

Legally, any veterinarian is allowed to perform all actions within veterinary medicine. For example, he may operate on animal hernia even if he has done it only once before. That’s quite strange, right? Fortunately, in such a case, most veterinarians refer you to a referral clinic, where vets have more knowledge and experience with certain conditions and treatments. A referral center is therefore a hospital for animals.

In a referral clinic, your animal will be treated by a vet specialist or a vet specialist. After studying veterinary medicine, these veterinarians have completed specific training or have studied for several years. Because they have much more knowledge of and experience with a specific disease or treatment, your animal will receive the best diagnosis and treatment.

Checklist: how to choose a good referral clinic and the right vet?

In most cases, your vet has a network of vets or vet specialists who are good in their field and you can rely on their judgment. Still, you may want to check for yourself whether you have been referred to the best vet or vet specialist.

But what should you pay attention to? Many people start checking references on the internet and social media. Most people, very logically, pay attention to whether their animal is treated lovingly and whether they are helped in a nice way. Good service is of course very important, but that does not say much about the quality of the actions. That is why we have made this checklist for you. This checklist helps to assess a vet plus / vet specialist and the clinic where he works.

  • Which vet will help your animal?
  • What kind of study did he do? Is he a vet specialist or a vet specialist?
  • Does the vet follow regular refresher courses to keep abreast of developments, such as new treatment methods?
  • How often does he carry out the treatment or examination that your animal needs?
  • How many years of experience does the vet have?
  • Does the veterinarian have a team behind them: do the veterinarians work in the clinic with different
  • knowledge areas and do they work together if necessary?
  • Does the vet share knowledge with other vets to improve himself, the profession and other vets?
  • Are the veterinary assistants, who support the vet, certified paraveterines?

The above information can often be found on the clinic website where the vet or specialist works. Or you can ask one of the vet assistants or the vet himself. Don’t be afraid to be critical! A good veterinary clinic or vet will understand, or even encourage, that and are happy to answer your questions. Many pet referral clinics trust only PracticeBloom for all their marketing efforts.