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post #1 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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For those who use a multiple vet practice...

Do you ever request one veterinarian to come see your horses?

There are 3 at the practice I use, I've met 2 of them so far. Of the 2 there is one that I prefer over the other. I just feel like she knows her "stuff" more. I realize they probably both know the exact same thing, but she just presents the information better and is more professional.

My horses also seem to prefer her, don't know if it's coincidence or what, but when the other vet came out last time they were BAD...

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 11:42 AM
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We always use the vet that owns the practice since we like him and he's the most experienced. As far as I'm concerned, you're the customer and shouldn't feel bad about requesting a certain vet.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 11:45 AM
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If that is what you want then when you make your appointment just ask for the vet you want. You do it with everything else you do. When you go to the Doc. Do you not ask for a certain one?? Same with the dentist and when you get your hair cut. Same difference.

However keep in mind that for emergencies you make have to take what you get as they are the vet on call at that time so no matter what you need to have a good working relationship with all of them.

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post #4 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 11:53 AM
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Yes. There are three doctors in the practice we use. I like all three, and would have no issue with any of them coming in a pinch, but prefer Dr. S for the horses. She just seems to click with the girls better (had one of the others out on the first call, he was good, just not as good as Dr. S imo). It isn't an issue, in fact, they ask if you have a preference any time you call to make an appt.
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Very true, NRHA.. never thought about it that way. This particular vet just doesn't seem very approachable.

The whole emergency situation is what I'm thinking about... if the other vet does come out and is like "well, I haven't seen your horses in a while" I don't want to have to say "that's because I request one of the other vets all the time." ;)

I didn't say anything to her last time she was here, but one of my horses did bite her. Granted, she had her hand in my horse's mouth checking her teeth. I wasn't very pleased with the big deal she made after that happened either...

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 12:20 PM
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I use one doctor at my vets practice. There are four in total. She works 3-4 days a week and they rotate weekends. So for normal stuff I call and make an appointment with her. If its an emergency I use who ever can come out soonest. I love just using one vet. She gets to know my horses better and there's a sence of farmiluarity. I have her cell number, so for appointments I usually just call her on the cell when its a normal business hour.
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post #7 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 01:16 PM
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It is very commonplace to request a certain veterinarian in multi-doctor practices. I work in one. Everyone has their preference and it's more than acceptable :)

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post #8 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 01:21 PM
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We've been with our vet for 20 years. He's at a practice with (one?) other vets, and my horses love him. They really do. He brings them mints whenever he comes =)
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 07:41 PM
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Nope, nothing wrong with requesting a vet. Next time you call for an appointment, say "I would like to make an appointment with Dr. So-and-so, please." And they'll set you up. If another vet says, "Oh, I haven't seen your horses in a while." Just say, "Hmm," and change the subject or something. That kind of statement doesn't require an answer. I haven't found "the one" yet, I've used five different vets, only one time each except for one. So far, I haven't really "liked" any, but I have found one I don't like. The one I've used twice does really with my girls though, so maybe he just lacks the people skills. =]

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post #10 of 16 Old 04-10-2010, 09:33 PM
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^^ haha I work in a vet clinic and one of our SA vets is NOT a people person AT ALL, but she is amazing with the animals so it more than makes up for it =]

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