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