Veterinary Associations and Resources
Help in Selecting a New Veterinarian
Finding a new veterinarian for cats is always a challenge, whether moving into a new area or dissatisfied with the former vet. Although referalls from other happy clients are a big plus, it is always advisable to be prepared with a list of questions to ask any prospective veterinarian for your cat.
When to Call Your Veterinarian for your Cat -
I often get e-mails from folks describing various symptoms their cats are displaying and asking if I have any idea of the causes. Although I may often have ideas or opinions, my answer is always the same: "Even if I were a veterinarian, I would not attempt to diagnose your pet without a thorough personal examination. Your kitty needs to be seen by a veterinarian, without delay."
AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners)
If cats are your only pets, it may benefit them to use a veterinarian who is intimately familiar with feline medicine. Try the search function to find a local member. Tip: Use as wide a search parameter as possible.
ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine)
Use the provided searchable database for veterinary specialists in internal medicine, cardiolology, neurology, and oncology in your local area.
AVAR (Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights)
This group of veterinarians works toward humane reform in veterinary practice, including the areas of declawing, pet cloning, ear docking (in dogs), vivisection, and other currently legal practices.
AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Most veterinarians in the United States are members of this association. Although the site is intended specifically for professional members, included is a quantity of public resource material.
Email- A -Vet
For a small fee ($10 at present), this organization, consisting of licensed veterinarians and vet techs, will answer general questions about specific cats' physical conditions
Use the helpful search function to find out more information about specific topics, or browse the articles on behavior, health, and nutrition in the pet health care library.