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Dr Herrmann is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I am President of Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston -- we started working with Dr Herrmann either in 200…
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The program itself is great. You learn more than what is necessary for your typical vet hospital setting and the hands on experience is exceptional. However, the schedule is very unforgiving and they do not work with you if you have a job or a family. When it's your husbandry week, you're literally forced to show up to school at 4 am sharp and must stay late until about 430 or 5pm, which makes for an exhausting 12 hour day. You're punished academically if you miss for any reason.Even though you pay 30 grand for your education, the cost of the state and national tests are not included in the tuition so that's an out of pocket expense you should anticipate upon graduation. These tests are required in order to become licensed and make any kind of livable wages. Overall, I would strongly suggest just working your way up in a clinic and getting your training that way. The pay as a vet tech is pitiful and again, for the amount of student loans you end up with it just isn't worth it. Get a job as a kennel tech and help out the technicians to gain some knowledge and then apply for a tech position when one becomes available at your clinic (trust me, the turn around in vet med is crazy high and a tech position is always available). Good luck!
Everyone seems to talk and rave about Dr. Maxson the old Dr. who has since retired and no longer there. The new Dr seems to only care about Money! Didn’t seem at all interested in my pet or his wounds. I ended taking him to a vet who charged 1/4 of what this Dr. Hassan was charging. I am not bothered about the price as much as I’m bothered about the disinterest he showed towards at least helping wrap up the wounds. In no ways did I see this man the least bit concerned about my pet. If you care enough about your pet, I wouldn’t trust someone so apathetic.
The worst customer service ever. They really need to get better quality help in the front office. They are incompetent, rude, argumental and never do what they say. I requested to have my pet records faxed to a boarder they could not even do a simple task. Also, it seems that they don't care about your pet it's all about the $20 office visit. Need to get rid of all those young inexperience children.
I have used these fine people for 35 years off and on. They took excellent care of my fur babies over the years in active years and to the end. They truly care and love or pets.
Amazing staff - I’ve been going there for about 18 years and now that I live in Sugarland it’s worth the drive. I don’t trust anyone else with my pets!
Dr. Tinkey has treated all of my 4 legged family members for over 12 years. Dr. Griggs is also an excellent vet. The staff members are all caring people.
Over the years I have used othere vets but after I first took my dogs to Forest West, I have used them exclusively. I have now been going to Forest West Animal Clinic for over 15 years and would not take my girls anywhere else. Both Dr. Tinkey and Dr. Griggs are excellent and caring vets. They take the time to explain what is going on with your pet and any treatment plan needed for their care. The staff is the best and are all very friendly and caring people.
I've been taking my dog to Dr. Grigs for over 2 years. She is very gentle and patient with my two small dogs. She cares for her patients and loves what she does. :D
You just found the very best vet clinic. I am the third generation of my family to use this clinic (25+ yrs). Over the years they have treated 12 of our cats and dogs. I tried others when I moved away or was out of town and noticed the difference. All of our pets have routinely exceeded their typical life expectancy due to routine health care and excellent treatment when illness occurred. I could talk about their referrals to Gulf Coast or their consults with A&M or them going to my mother home to give her dog an IV, etc. etc. You should base your opinion on your visit, not one post on the web. My lab mix (50lbs) is now 16 and near the end. I now drive 186 mi. each way to this clinic because of their level of care and expertise. I find their prices to be a real value for the service received as we typically get what we pay for in life, so I strongly disagree with other comments. I would like to thank Dr. Griggs, Dr. Tinkey and their great staff (Thank you ladies!)
Do not take your pet here. We came after midnight because of an emergency, and waited for half an hour for the vet to show up. Our dog had diarrhea and bleeding from the rectum but the vet told us that the bleeding was not so bad compared to the other dogs who were getting treated in the clinic. They made a blood test of our dog twice, we filled out the forms twice, they printed invoices twice because they were not sure what to do with our dog, and finally after two hours of waiting and after we paid more than $1,800 they took our dog for treatment. Our dog who was a happy puppy just a few hours before we came in died at the clinic six hours later. I think that if anyone comes in with a sick dog after 12 am because of an emergency they should not wait 2 hours before their dog gets treated. I believe that this clinic values money over the lives of our pets.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.