How to Research and Select the Best Vets in Rochester, MN

July 18, 2017

Portrait of confident female veterinarian examining dog in hospital.jpegFirst, it needs saying that there is no one best vet in Rochester, MN. What is best for one person and his or her pet may not be best for another.

Gathering opinions from other pet owners you know and trust is a good way to get started researching local vets in Rochester and finding one who meets your needs.

Looking at Online Reports

Considering online ratings about veterinary clinics is also useful. However, it's wise to check multiple sources to see which hospitals consistently get good reviews.

To create the list that appears later in this article, we viewed ratings on Angie's List, Facebook, Google and Yelp. All base their information on customer reviews. If an animal hospital received a thumbs-up from at least two of these sources, we decided you might want to check it out.

However, there are many veterinary clinics in Rochester, some of which may not participate in social media or report testimonials received from clients. So, listen closely to friends' suggestions, and visit clinics to form your own opinions.

Considering Advice from the Humane Society

The Humane Society of the United States suggests checking whether a clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.  We did so and discovered that at least four on our list have received accreditation. Of course, others may be in the process of seeking approval.

According to the Humane Society, accreditation is based on meeting AAHA standards "in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care."

The Humane Society emphasizes choosing the "right" veterinarian for your needs. It suggests seeking opinions from friends and acquaintances with similar approaches to pet care.

In addition to quality of care and facilities, the animal welfare organization notes that you need to think about location and fees. How far are you willing to drive? What is affordable? Here are some of its other Humane Society suggestions for evaluating a veterinary practice:

  • Is there more than one veterinarian?
  • Does the facility appear clean and organized?
  • Are cages for cats and dogs in separate rooms?
  • Do staff members communicate well, and are they kind?
  • How comprehensive are the hospital's services? Is emergency care available?

Rochester Veterinarians

Our list of well-rated local vets within the city includes information about which ones have received AAHA accreditation. The order is solely alphabetical.

Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Service
121 23rd Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902
(507) 424-3976
AAHA Accredited

Broadway Veterinary Hospital
1910 South Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 206-3313

Heritage Pet Hospital
2117 Highway 52 N
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-2050

Northern Valley Animal Clinic
3309 Alberta Drive NE
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 282-0867
AAHA Accredited

Quarry Hill Park Animal Hospital
2554 Clare Lane NE
Rochester, MN 55906
(507) 285-1059
AAHA Accredited

VCA Cascade Animal Medical Center and Inn
4020 26th Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 282-8611
AAHA Accredited

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