Choosing a vet is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make in the lifetime of your pet. It doesn’t just affect your pets health but it impacts the whole household – as your pet becomes part of the family. We’ve been caring for pets in Dublin for over 50 years and it’s safe to say over the last five decades we’ve see lots of amazing animals – big and small. Our customers have been bringing their pets back to see us – year after year – and we love to see you coming through the door.
If a new pet has recently joined your family, you’ll want to find a vet in Dublin that you can trust to help you make all the important decisions in your pet’s life.
Here’s 5 things we think you should be on the lookout for…..
1. A Vet Who’s There – Check Opening Hours
Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, so you want to find a vets practice that’s going to be there when you need them. In the case of an emergency, medicine should be available for collection 7 days per week and your vet should also be available each day of the week – if your pet has a serious and urgent health problem.
Our Vet in Foxrock is open 7 days per week. Each of our veterinary practices are open from 7.30am Monday to Friday until 7pm in the evening (though Dun Laoghaire vet is open until 8.20pm) – so you can come and see us either before work or in the evening, if that suits you better.
Nothing stops us from opening…. we even opened in blizzard conditions!
2. A Well-Balanced Team
Like anything you try in life, the more often you do something, the more expert you become. Take a good look at the experience level and blend of the team that your vet has to offer. Do they have the knowledge and experience to provide the right level of care for your pet?
At a minimum you would expect to find a team of vets with 7 or 8 years plus working in practice so that they have honed their skills. But a good mix of skills is also essential…..
In our Dun Laoghaire vet clinic, we have a team of 6 vets, 4 qualified nurses and a team of vet’s assistants and receptions staff. Paul is 18 years qualified and specialises in ultrasound imaging, skin and orthopaedics. Lisa has completed an Internal Medical Certificate, a qualification on top of five years in veterinary college, in human terms Lisa would be considered a medical consultant. Anita is our surgeon and is over 10 years qualified with a strong interest in orthopaedics. Aoife is 5 years qualified and is currently undertaking further surgical training.
One important thing that isn’t often obvious to new pet owners, is to find a vet with both male and female vets working each day. Some pets can be a little fussy may prefer one or the other……We always have both male and female staff working – so please feel free to ask our reception staff or when booking an appointment if you’re little friend has a preference.
3. First-Class Veterinary Care Facilities
About 5 years ago the Irish Veterinary Council introduced a great new certification process, something we have strongly supported here at Ark Vetcare. As part of the process a veterinary surgery undergoes rigorous independent inspection and a range of requirements need to be satisfied in order to be fully certified.
All three of our locations have been certified to ‘Hospital Standards’ by the Irish Veterinary Council. This means they have the facilities in place that go beyond what is provided by a standard veterinary clinic.
If you are unsure about the facilities, we would always advise you to check with your vet.
4. Trust in your Vet
As we mentioned earlier – you’re going to be developing a long-lasting relationship with the vet you choose, so trust is paramount.
At Ark Vetcare we never lose sight of the fact that a pet is a family member. The ethos is one of developing a relationship of trust between the owner – where they can rest assured their pets interest is our first priority.
5. Range of Services
Our final tip for choosing a vet is to assess the range of services they have on offer. Owning and caring for a pet that you love takes time so a vet that can make life just that little bit easier is a winner!
We’re well aware that the more convenient we make things for our customers, the easier it is for you to deliver great care for your pet.
Also you can book an appointment with us online and order medication online to save time. Simply visit the site at a convenient time, make your booking or place your order – and we’ll take care of the rest.
If there’s something else you feel Ark Vetcare can offer that would be good for your pet or simply make your life easier in this context – we’re all ears!
To You and Your New Pet!
We hope our little list of tips gives you some guidance and peace of mind that you are making the right choice for your new pet. If you have any questions of would like to talk to a member of our team we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to call us or send us a short message and we’ll get back in touch.