During the appointment ask yourself the following questions:
1). Do you feel comfortable with the vet?
2). Did the vet offer direct answers to your questions?
3). What additional or special education does he/she have?
4). Does he/she belong to any professional organizations?
If the interview goes well and you have a good feeling, ask if you can have a brief tour of the facility. If they have a hospital on site this is a definite plus.
While you examine the facility here are a few things to look for:
1). is the staff engaging, friendly and helpful?
2). Does the waiting area, exam room and lab look and smell clean?
3). What range of services (Including Emergency Service) do they offer?
4). How are after-hours emergency calls handled?
Furthermore is the location a good fit logistically. Check to make sure the clinic keeps business hours that are convenient for you. Make sure that the office is conveniently located.
If the vet has odd hours or is in an out-of-the-way location it will be difficult to keep appointments. Also if you need emergency assistance your dog’s life may be at stake if it is too far away.