Find a veterinarian in general practice:
FIND an AVMA Member Veterinarian
FIND an AAHA Accredited Hospital
Find a Veterinarian in Your State
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Choosing a veterinarian:
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How to Select a Veterinarian / AVMA
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Checking Credentials or Filing a Complaint: American Association of Veterinary State Boards
If you are checking credientials of a veterinarian or veterinarian technican or considering filing a complaint, below is some background on the role of State Medical Boards. Also relevant is an explanation of the Veterinarian-Client Relationship.
What is the role of state veterinary boards in protecting the public?
See "What is a State Medical Board" /agvet/veterinary/veterinary/what_is_a_state_medical_board.pdf on the Web site of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).
It explains the structure of (human) state medical boards, how physicians are regulated, responsibility of consumers ("First and foremost, an educated consumer" from the brochure above), due process, etc.
Substitute the word veterinarian for the word physician when reading the brochure for a guide to how states regulate health care professionals in plain language.
As of April 2011, no comparable explanatory brochure about state veterinary boards could be found. Please check with the veterinary board in your state for specific information about regulatory processes and procedures and/or check with the veterinary association in your state. The Ohio VMA has a brochure about grievances on their Web page of brochures. Other state veterinary associations have web pages or guides. The ASPCA also has suggestions.
How to file a complaint: Here is how the complaint process works in Tennessee from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association Web site.
State Veterinary Medical Associations
American Veterinary Medical Association
American Animal Hospital Association -- Healthy Pet
Humane Society of the US -- Pets
ASPCA -- Pet Care --strengths in behavior and poisoning
Animal Welfare Information Center USDA -- Companion Animals
Food and Drug Administration -- Animal Health Literacy
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service USDA -- Animal Health
National Library of Medicine Medlineplus -- Pet Health
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
Intute UK -- Selected Pet Care Web sites
The purpose of this guide is to provide the best available animal health information after an appointment with a veterinarian.
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