Find Specialist Veterinary
Services for your pet
Hopefully you will never have a need for
specialist veterinary services, however if there
is a need it's nice to know if they are available
and where to find them.
Your local veterinarian can treat most
things, but just like us humans, there is
sometimes a need for more specialised
treatment. (Yes we can spell Specialised,
it's Aussie spelling. We use
â€œsâ€ instead of
â€œzâ€ in many
Perhaps your best friend needs some advanced
dental work, physiotherapy or perhaps an eye
problem that requires further treatment. Your vet
will usually put you in contact with the
appropriate person if specialist veterinary
services are needed however there may be times
when you want a second opinion, the
specialisation your require may not be available
in your area, or you don't feel comfortable with
the person you've been referred to.
For these or numerous other reasons, knowing
how to locate the specialist you require is
important, so we'll have a look a few ways we can
go about finding them.
Firstly, your vet will have many professional
contacts and associates that s/he can refer you
to. These will usually be people or clinics that
they normally deal with and probably have done so
for many years.
A recommendation from a friend or family
member who has actually used a particular
specialist can also be a good place to start.
They could also make you aware of any bad
experiences they may have had.
Don't forget the internet! The
world's largest library.
Love it or hate it, the internet is here to
stay..... So make the most of it! You are
obviously internet savvy otherwise you wouldn't
be reading this, would you?
You can find just about anything on the
internet these days, specialist veterinary
services included. Not only can you look for
specialists in your own area but also across the
world. A friend of mine is a veterinary
ophthalmologist (animal eye specialist) and
regularly conducts clinics overseas.
There are many situations where the specialist
service you require may not be available locally,
particularly if you live in a smaller or remote
city or town. This may mean a long drive to a
larger or capital city or in extreme cases even
going internationally (depending on your
finances), so using the internet to find suitable
practitioners can be very useful.
Just like almost every other topic, an
internet search will bring back a multitude of
websites, some of which will be useful, some
which are not, so it is a matter of sifting
through them and finding what you are looking
The local telephone directory is always useful
reference but usually only contains
advertisements from the local area, so it may be
necessary to view directories from other
locations. Telephone directories can be valuable
when you are away from home such as on vacation
and you aren't familiar with what is available
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