Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Changing vets

A couple of weeks ago, I got the call we horse people never want to get: My vet, the one who has been with my horses since Panama was coming 3 and since my mother-in-law got Rondo when he was a year old, is moving and selling his practice.

I was devastated.  I loved my vet for so many reasons: His prices were reasonable, he was never too quick to suggested expensive and potentially unnecessary treatment, and he knew me and my horses so well, having been with us for so long.

The fortunate thing is that he sold his practice to the clinic that would have been my second choice of a vet, anyway.  In fact, just a week or two before I found out, I had been telling my trainer (who uses the other clinic) that her vet would be my next choice if I ever had to find a new vet.  I didn't think it would be so soon, though!

There are good things about this change, of course.  The new vet has a clinic and a lab, so I can have things done faster (when I needed quick turnaround on a Coggins test last year, that's who I called).  They also have things like digital x-rays, which will mean more expense but immediate answers. And there is a clinic to go to if needed, an option that my old vet did not have.

The other good thing is that all the records are changing hands as well.  My old vet had a laptop with a record-keeping and billing system in his truck, and did a good job of keeping records of everything.  Since he sold his entire practice, all of those records are going to the new vet as well -- so even though they don't have the personal history with my horses, they at least will have all the records.

It'll be a big change, but I've been through similar changes before, with new farriers and new barns, as well as changes at each barn I've been at (new boarders, new managers, you name it).  And I do really like the vet, as well as the other vet on her staff that I've met.  I hope they will be a good fit for me and my horses over the long run!



At May 7, 2014 at 10:59 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Ah yes... the old moving out of the area trick. It really is tough to have to change and adapt to new providers when the old ones were so perfect. It's almost like getting a new job or moving. I just said goodbye to my farrier this morning. He left me with the name of a website where I can buy Bombay some trick ropes to twirl. He knows my horses well.

At May 7, 2014 at 1:53 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I can't blame him -- a family member bought a ranch and invited him to run it, or something like that (I'm a little fuzzy on the details, as I was in shock when he told me). Otherwise I don't think he would have left, as he's lived here and had his practice for a long time. So I understand -- I just hate having to switch, even if I do like the vet he sold his practice to!


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