House Call Vets: Angels on Wheels
Posted September 05, 2013
Whether it is your beloved barrel racer,
Seabiscuit, or your honorable hunting companion, Rover, a trip to
the veterinary clinic is usually not an activity of choice. Saving
anxiety and stress for you and your pet, many clinics provide both
small and large animal mobile veterinary services that will see
your animal in the comfort of your own home. Packing up their
knowledge and expertise in that black veterinarian bag, they will
be at Seabiscuit's or Rover's side in no time at all.
Over the years, most pet owners' leisure time
has become less leisurely. When something unexpected arises
at work, or you lack the ability to bring your pet to the nearest
veterinary clinic, a house call vet is an excellent option.
"There are many rewarding aspects about
ambulatory practice, such as getting to know your clients in their
home or farm settings," said Dr. Leslie Easterwood,
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "It is nice to be
able to know your clients on a more personal level, getting to meet
all the pets, kids, and other family members."
As opposed to stationary veterinary
practitioners, house call veterinarians must be able to have the
animals caught up in a small pen or barn and have the proper
facilities available to work on the animals safely, said
Easterwood. "Farm call veterinarians frequently have to operate in
a 'McGyver' mode to get things done without all the conveniences of
a clinic setting, but most things can be done." Mobile vets, just
like a regular vet clinic, must have their facilities and equipment
Just because the animal doesn't fit in your
living room doesn't mean that it doesn't warrant the care of a
house call veterinarian. There are traveling vets for large farm
animals and house pets alike. "Farm (or house) calls are much more
commonplace in large animal cases than in small animal," said
Easterwood. "Farm calls are actually a daily part of large animal
practice, just because it is easier to transport the veterinarian
and their supplies than the large animal patient in some
There are many varieties of mobile
veterinarians, so it is important to do your research ahead of time
and find one that offers the exact services your pet needs. "Most
ambulatory large animal veterinarians have trucks or SUVs that are
equipped with supplies and the necessary equipment to do procedures
on the farm," said Easterwood. While the majority of them perform
wellness check-ups and vaccinations, emergency services might not
always be available through mobile vets.
As expected, rates for house call
veterinarians tend to be higher than clinic visits, due to the
expense of travel. However, it is usually not difficult to find a
reasonably priced mobile vet; you just have to do your research.
Some mobile vets charge a flat rate "per trip" for needed services
no matter the number of pets they're treating on the visit.
Traveling veterinarians, mobile vets,
veterinarians on wheels, or house call vets: although there are
many different names for these miracle workers, their duties remain
the same. They provide a stress-free solution for getting your
pet-of any size-the care it needs. These angels on wheels can be a
busy pet owner's answer to a prayer.
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