As a veterinarian, I spent years in training in order to provide quality care for your animals. As a mobile veterinarian, I will come to your home or farm to provide that care. When I come to your home, this is what can help me, and what you should expect:
1. Please remember I am coming. If I get to your place and no one’s home, I still have to charge for my time because I could have been helping some one else. And yes, to be able to provide care for your animals, YOU have to be present. I can’t go onto farms and treat animals without an adult owner present. If you have to reschedule, try to let me know as soon as possible. I know things come up, just let me know so we can make plans for the next time.
2. If your animals are usually on pasture, please have them caught up in a pen prior to my arrival so that we can easily catch and handle them. If you have a dog or cat, please make sure they are where you can find them easily. This way I can provide more efficient care to your animals.
3. I frequently work by myself, though I will bring help on certain calls. If your animals are trained, or trainable, this makes life much easier on you and me. If you have an animal who isn’t used to be handled, things will take longer.
4. When you call me, please have your animals’ history ready for me. If your animal is healthy and you need vaccines, let me know when they were last vaccinated and with what vaccines. If your animal is sick, tell me for how long, what you are seeing, if it is on any medications or supplements, etc. If you are having an emergency, tell me your address and help with directions so I can get to you ASAP.
5. I do a physical exam on all the animals I see because that is how I learn things about your animals’ health and well being. Physical exam findings can change the course of treatment, change the nutritional plan, cause a change in environment, and more. Animals talk to us in their own languages and a physical exam is how I interpret them.
6. As a solo, mobile veterinarian, I simply cannot do everything. That is why I have a list of local veterinary clinics and hospitals that I can refer to when a health issue requires more care than I can provide.
7. Payment is due at time of service. At this time, I accept cash or check. Let me know when you call me what funds you have to work with, and I will work with you. Animals and their care cost money, and you can budget for the routine costs while understanding that emergencies happen. If you have dogs and cats, pet insurance can be a big help.