This last reason is particularly important, because everyone has different priorities: for example, perhaps they like their own vet because he/she is a specialist in their own particular breed; or they dont charge very much; or the clinic is only five minutes drive
their priorities are not necessarily yours, so its a good idea to make sure that your values coincide with the person giving the recommendations. Another great place to choose your vet is through local training clubs
(agility, obedience, herding classes, Schutzhund, police K-9 academies, etc.) These organizations are almost guaranteed to place a great deal of importance on high-quality veterinary care, because the health and well-being of their dogs is such a huge priority.
Next, once youve got a list of vets that youre interested in checking into further, all you have to do is call up the clinic and explain that youre looking to find a regular vet for your dog(s): can you come in for a quick chat, introduce your dog, and have a look at the premises? This is a great step to follow when you choose your vet.
Its a good idea before you make your decision to test the waters first. Ideally, you want a chance to talk to the vet, and discuss his or her philosophies and approach to pet care. This is very important and unfortunately something a lot of people overlook.
If your dog ever really needs veterinary care (if theres an emergency, or if she needs an urgent short-term appointment), you want to be sure that youve made the best possible choice as far as her health and comfort levels are concerned.