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2035 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy SCollege Station, TX 77840
My Mother and I have been using Dr. Bond since we moved to Texas in 1996. He has helped us care for not only our own animals but all of the foster animals we have had over the last twenty years. He and his staff are kind, caring and empathetic and have provided a wide range of services for our…
2351 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy SCollege Station, TX 77845
From Business: We are a full service veterinary hospital with 20 years experience. We provide quality health care for you pet in a friendly down to earth environment. Our goal is for our clients to make medical decisions based upon an understanding of all options available and how those options fit in with each individual family and thei…
505 E Elms RdKilleen, TX 76542
Best vet practice ever! I speak from plenty of experience when I say this as I have a 10 1/2 yr old Golden with Addison's disease. He has been sick since a puppy and requires monthly injections and daily medication for his lifetime. We also have 2 other dogs. Being military we have moved and…
1202 N W S Young DrKilleen, TX 76543
From Business: El Centro Pet Medical Center provides state-of-the-art veterinary medical, surgical, and dental care to pets in a compassionate and friendly environment. Serving Killeen, TX, and the surrounding areas for over 30 years, we are proud to have been voted Best Veterinarian in Central Texas in 2004. Our services include: • Onco…
3001 Briarcrest DrBryan, TX 77802
From Business: Welcome to Briarcrest Veterinary Clinic. We are a modern facility fully equipped to provide your pet with the most complete veterinary care available. The staff is dedicated to making each visit a pleasant experience for you and your pet. We would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and want to do ev…
College Station 77840College Station, TX 77840
209 University DrCollege Station, TX 77840
My dog has been going to Lovan Care for more than four years now, and she loves it. She gets excited when she hears we're going to go see Wendy, the office manager. Dr B and the techs and nurses are wonderful and I know my dog is in good hands while she's there.If you haven't been there befor…
3102 Texas Ave SCollege Station, TX 77845
We love these folks. They have cared for our Golden's for almost 20 years - from puppyhood to old age they have always been great with our guys. We're blessed to be in a community with lots of good Vet's but this Small Animal Hospital is the best we've ever used anywhere.
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They made an error at my expense of $250 and refuse to take responsibility even though another staff member admitted it and information supports the mistake. DO NOT USE THEM
Dr. Amanda Worrell at Anderson Ridge Veterinary Hospital should be investigated by the state board and her Licensed removed. We took our 9-year-old healthy dog for a teeth cleaning and 5 hours later she was DEAD. When asked what happened we were informed that our very active and healthy dog must have had a bad heart. We later discovered that there was an overuse of anesthesia and that during her 2 hour recovery time she should of been checked every 10 minutes. Instead she was only checked twice by a technician and the second time she was dead.We have gone to this clinic for 18 years under Dr. Scarmardo. Apparently he sold the clinic a week before our dogs teeth cleaning and neither Mrs. Worrell or Dr. Scarmardo informed us or any of their clients that the business was changing hands in fear of losing customers. When Dr. Scarmardo was questioned had he ever lost patient to a teeth cleaning in his 32 years of owning a practice he had not. Mrs. Worrell had been in business 6 days and already had 1 fatality.Upon calling the state board they indicated that she had already 1 violation (and now 2) on her state record 6 years out of school. Upon retirement Dr. Scarmardo had no violations on his state record.If you want to keep your family pet alive DO NOT go to Anderson Ridge Veterinary Hospital.
I have been taking my female dog "sugar" to this vet clinic for as long as I can remember. my dog isn't the "dog friendly" type. she's mix pit-bull and something else, were not exactly sure. she's a rescue dog that no one wanted so we took her in when she was 6 mos old and have happily had her for 8 yrs. its hard to take her to most vet clinics bc of this. they are patient with her and work her in every time she needs to make an appt. there is hardly any wait when dropping off and picking up, maybe 5 mins or so. prices are reasonable and has a family type atmosphere. couldn't ask for a better vet clinic and will continue taking her here.
I have worked in the Veterinary industry for 8 years before moving to College Station. Including working at 2 doctor practices up to managing a 30 doctor specialty practices. This is the worst practice that I have ever been to or worked for. The main doctor, Dr. Lackey, seems ill-prepared for his appointments and when delivering test results he seems to not refer back to his appointment notes and therefore makes assumptions about the pets’ situation which require reminding him during the conversation. He also agreed to continue a previously prescribed medication but when refills come around he declines them without informing the client and had to again be reminded the reason my pet was on the medication and at that time he approved the medication . Altogether not a good veterinarian, in my opinion. Recently there has been a new veterinarian, Dr. Hilburn, who seemed to be more prepared during appointments. We decided to start seeing her before we left this vet all together. Initially, she seemed great however, during our last appointment she decided to switch our pet’s diet and at the conclusion of the appointment she stated that she would email the specific diet to us later that day and asked me to write down my email address. That email never came even after a week. I decided to give the doctor the benefit of the doubt due to the holidays and called to check the delay. They stated the doctor wasn’t in so they could take a message and attempt to contact her and confirmed my email address which was incorrect in the computer which later I find out is what she used rather than the email address she asked me to write down. Later in the day, I received an email from the clinic stating the attached was the image was the food that the doctor wanted me to switch too. Unfortunately, there was not image attached. I called the clinic to see if they could verbally tell me the food, and I was told that there was never an image attached. The receptionist/technician informed me that in my record it stated that I was to put my pet on Royal Canin Digestive Comfort but she will still confirm with the vet but I might not hear back until the doctor was in (when we had an appointment). When doing research to find the food I find out the food is only offered in Canada, and I called the clinic to let them know and they again stated that they would leave another message for the doctor. At this point, along with other situations in the past I start discussing with the receptionist my concerns about communication and medical treatment with regards to my pet. I was polite and respectful and understanding since I have been in their position in the past. I just wanted to express my concerns rather than switching vets without trying to figure out the disconnect. The next day at work I receive 5 phone calls from the vet and final a voicemail stating that my appointment the next morning is cancelled and I can call tomorrow to find out why. I call the clinic to see if the doctor was still in and to let them know that I would like copies of my medical records. The doctor was not in but the receptionist stated that I could come and pick up my records any time. I picked my records up that evening since I had scheduled another appointment with a different vet the next day and found a letter firing me as a client. This was not a problem since I was planning on firing them but I still don’t have the medical information to help my pet and now have to start all over again at another vet. This is why I feel this is the worst vet I have ever been too.
My Mother and I have been using Dr. Bond since we moved to Texas in 1996. He has helped us care for not only our own animals but all of the foster animals we have had over the last twenty years. He and his staff are kind, caring and empathetic and have provided a wide range of services for our family and fur pets over the years.
Dr. Scamardo is a very caring and loving man to our animals. We have used him for 20 years.
We love Dr Bond and his staff. Have taken all our last 7 dogs to him and he is very caring and a great vet. This former Veterinary Technician trusts him completely. As far as heartworm meds & not signing off, that is pretty standard practice in all the vets I have ever been to in Texas.
My family has been taking their pets to Dr. Bonds for almost 15 years. He is wonderful! Recently my grown daughter's cat developed cancer. He was an angel not only to the cat but to my daughter. Our extended animal family between my three adults kids and mother in law and ourselves includes 4 dogs and 3 cats and every one of them are patients of Dr. Bonds.
I've never had a good experience at Southwood Valley Animal Hospital, but it wasn't until recent events that I finally left.A year after adopting my first dog, I adopted a second from a shelter. Between the time I picked her and the time I actually brought her home, I ordered heartworm medication for her (like a good dog owner). Dr. Bond refused to sign off on the order because he "had never seen her (the dog) before." I was finally able to get medication from another clinic that works closely with the shelter. I wanted to get my first dog neutered, so I made an appointment with Dr. Bond. The soonest appointment was a month later. So I waited. The Saturday before the appointment, his staff called me and told me that I needed to reschedule (the appointment was for Monday). I am a very busy person between work and school, so I asked my boyfriend to take my dog and pick him up on the day they wanted to reschedule the appointment (Thursday). On Monday, my boyfriend got called on orders (he is in the military) and had to leave. I called Southwood Valley Animal Hospital to reschedule. They were very rude and said that they could only reschedule me for a month later! I had already been waiting a month!Needless to say, I am now going to a different vet clinic that pays attention to my needs and even offered to have someone meet me before they opened to drop off my dog so I could get to class on time. If you expect respect from a vet clinic, don't go to Southwood Valley Animal Hospital.
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.