Moving to a new city is an exciting time, but naturally, with this excitement comes stress – especially if you’re moving with your pet. One of the most common dilemmas that many pet owners face when moving to a new city is how to find a veterinarian. Much like how you’d ensure you pick the best doctor for your health, you want the same quality treatment for your furry friend. In order to help you find the right vet for you and your pet, we’ve outlined a few helpful tips on how to find a vet when moving to a new city. 1) Do your research When scouting for a new vet, technology should become your best friend. Many countries have online resources in place that evaluate veterinary clinics based on calibre of facility, quality of equipment, and standards of care. For those moving to a city in North America, check out the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to get a complete listing of all vets that will be available to you. If you’re moving abroad, find a similar association that will ensure excellent standards and qualities are met when it comes to treating your pet. 2) Use your connections Researching online will narrow down your scope, but when it comes to getting first-hand advice, never underestimate the power of your social circle. Take advantage of friends and family for first-hand recommendations. You never know who may be able to tell you about a great vet in the city you’re moving to. Equally important is asking your current vet for advice, as they will usually have connections to other professionals in the industry. Heading to the park for a stroll with your pet in the new city? Strike up a conversation with a fellow pet owner and ask them for their referral. 3) Start asking questions Online research and advice from others is key to kick-starting your search for a new vet, but the real footwork begins after the big move. Upon arriving in your new city, make appointments to visit the vet clinics that you have narrowed your search down to before arriving. Take the time to check out the facility and ask the staff questions. Keep an eye out on how friendly they are, how clean the space is, and even how the facility smells. 4) Make a decision Hooray! You’ve done the grunt work and now you’re finally ready to make a commitment. When registering at your new vet of choice, remember to bring along your pet’s medical records including vaccination history, rabies certificate, and any other relevant information that may be of importance. Although it does take time, you’ll feel great knowing you’ve found a good veterinarian to take care of your pet. The only thing that’s left now is to enjoy your new city together!