We used a certain vet while boarding, and once we moved the horses to our own property we figured we'd just use the same vet as my friend who is now only five minutes away. Well one phone call with that lady and I dropped that idea pretty quick. My friend is no horse professional, and she's never been to 4H and is still learning to ride. Her parents had horses before, but still it was all casual back-yard riding, nothing fancy. Well this woman couldn't stand that. She corrected everything they did in the most snobby way I have ever seen. Even how they were holding the horses. I can understand there are wrong ways to lead and hold a horse, but I was there and they were doing nothing wrong and the horse was almost falling asleep he was so calm while the vet did her thing. They just shrugged it off and said "at least she knows what she's doing and is cheap". Well, yes she's a good vet for routine things, but I would never count on her for an emergency. It took her over an hour(I am not kidding by any means) over the phone to tell me that my filly didn't need her wolf teeth extracted and that horses shouldn't have to be sedated in order to float their teeth. (My stallion is spooky and before I owned him, he had never had the procedure done and was in serious need of it.)
Yes, it could have saved me a couple hundred dollars, but I didn't care at that point and I just went with our vet from the boarding barn. He travels all over PA and to WV and other places, and his call fee is $50. He is the best vet I've ever encountered, as he takes his time with the horses, is patient, and gets the people involved. He's also a certified Equine Dentist, and did a fantastic job. I love how much he had me help him, and how much he showed me. He actually teaches you things, unlike some vets that almost try to hide it like it's a secret so you have to keep paying them to come out for every little thing.
I guess it all comes down to how good they are at their job. Of course everyone would prefer a vet who is nice to the people too, but I guess you can't always have that.
I would rather stand near the birds, than spend my whole life wishing I had wings.