While most veterinarians have experience with a wide range of animals, they are not always going to be confident with every pet they come across. If you have a pet rabbit, you are tasked with finding an experienced rabbit veterinarian that will provide the best possible care for your beloved pet. Finding a veterinarian for your rabbit is much the same as finding a vet for any pet, but because rabbits are less common than dogs or cats, for example, it is somewhat more difficult to find a vet with experience.
In your search to find a vet for your rabbit, you should start by speaking to local humane societies. They might be able to put you in touch with recommended rabbit veterinarians or other rabbit owners who have already established contact with a local rabbit vet. Once you have a list of recommended rabbit vets, you should take some time to meet each of them. You can even ask these vets who they would refer you to for rabbit care. Next, you should visit the top vets in your list. Check out their facilities, determine if you can have a good working relationship with the veterinarian and their staff, and then you can get a general evaluation of the staff and facilities.
Next, you should schedule appointments with your top 2 or 3 choices. There are a number of screening questions that will help you determine if this veterinarian has experience with rabbits and whether you think your rabbit will be comfortable with this particular vet.
- How many rabbits do they see in the clinic?
- How many rabbits do they spay or neuter in a given week?
- Ask for references from other rabbit owners.
- Ask for a tour of the facilities.
Although finding the right vet for your rabbit can take a bit of time, it is well worth the effort.