There are three things that make animal hospitals tick, says animal medical expert Mark Macey.
They are the proximity to the town, the medical facilities and the staff.
It’s not uncommon for animal hospitals to be at least 50km from their main town and that is where they can make most of their revenue.
But there are some things you should look out for, says Macey, and he explains the key things to look for.
“You want to be aware of: Do they have a ‘no pets’ sign?
Yes, they should,” says Macy.
“Do they have an animal-friendly sign?
Are there any staff?
Do they treat animals with respect?”
There are a lot of good animal hospitals, says Dr Mark Macy, author of The 10 Best Animal Hospitals in Australia.
Photo: Mark Mayson The sign should clearly state that the facility is a veterinary hospital, says a spokesperson for the Animal Health Association of Australia.
The association says a sign in the window will show whether the facility has a pet or not.
“It may be a sign for people to take photos of dogs and cats or other animals that are in the room with you, and if there are dogs or cats, they need to be kept indoors,” says the organisation’s spokesperson, Kelly Smith.
“If you are going to treat an animal with dignity, and it’s not the first time you’ve had a dog or cat, then it should be OK.”
If it’s an animal hospital, it should have a sign that says ‘no animals allowed’ as well, says Smith.
If not, it’s a sign people should not cross paths with.
If it doesn’t, then the staff should be respectful, says the association’s spokesperson.
If the animal hospital is not an accredited veterinary hospital it should not have an image on its website that says “animal medical centre”, it says.
This does not mean that it does not have animals, but it should clearly be clear that it is an animal facility, says The Association of Animal Health Practitioners (AHAP).
“The message that is going to get out is that you need to treat them well, but if they’re not going to be a good patient, they’re just not going have the right animal,” says Smith, who works as a consultant in the public health and welfare sector.
She recommends that people do a quick internet search for the names of the animals, and ask what the staff does for the animals.
You can also check the animal health and well-being department of the animal medical centres website, which is run by a group of veterinary practitioners and veterinarians.
If you are unsure, check the AHAP website for the most up-to-date information.
If they do not have the same image as the sign, it indicates they are an accredited veterinarian or veterinary clinic, which can include a veterinary surgery and a veterinary nursing facility.
It is recommended that you call the animal hospitals directly for more information.
“You will be looking for the signage, whether it is the sign on the door or the sign in their office window,” says Dr Macey in an email.
“They will probably have a video on their website that shows a live animal, but this does not necessarily mean they have been treated by a veterinarian.”
The AHAI does not currently endorse any of the facilities, but recommends people do their own research.
You will also be looking to see if the staff is a good person to work with, Dr Macy says.
“When you are dealing with animals, you want to treat animals in a way that is as humane as possible,” he says.
“The way you treat an individual animal should not affect the way you have to treat another animal.
The Animal Health Alliance of Australia has written to all the Australian veterinary hospitals to raise awareness of their facilities’ requirements.
The AHE says they have also contacted animal welfare organisations in Queensland and the Northern Territory, and they are working with local veterinarians to educate them about their requirements.
“We will be consulting with the industry on the implementation of these new requirements.” “
I have had several concerns from animal welfare professionals, particularly veterinarians and veterinaria who are not familiar with the requirements of an accredited vet clinic, and I have also been contacted by other organisations, including the Queensland Health Authority, which have been in touch with me about the issue,” Dr Andrew Fergus said.
“We will be consulting with the industry on the implementation of these new requirements.”
He says the state is working with the AHE and the state government to ensure that veterinarians are trained in proper animal care, including how to identify and handle animals in distress.
“The health and safety of animals is a priority for all Queenslanders and I am pleased that the industry is providing the training necessary to ensure all the animals involved in animal medical care are appropriately cared for,” he said in a statement.
Dr Fergus says he is concerned that some animal hospitals may