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3209 E Evans RdSpringfield, MO 65804
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Dr. Huntington is a great veterinarian! I can't say enough about her. She's professional but down to earth. Very knowledgeable. Dr. Huntington saved my mare's life. We equine lovers are blessed to have such a talented vet. Thanks doc!
If it were possible to give them no stars at all I would. One of my puppies got parvo and was diagnosed at an emergency clinic. I kept my second puppy separated but the vet told me he was probably already infected. I needed a second prescription of antibiotics now. So I called their clinic and the receptionist hung up on me. I called back mad as hell because parvo needs treatment right away. The manager Jason answered the phone and said “no wonder why they hung up on you.” At this point I’m very upset. I called again to speak with the vet and they just kept passing me to a manager who is not a vet and he refused to allow me to talk to them. I take me infected puppy that needs treated into their pet hospital. The manager Jason told me he refused to allow my dog to be treated there because he didn’t like my attitude. As I’m standing here arguing that I just need my 13 week old puppy seen by a vet my dog is walking around their lobby having bloody diarrhea and vomiting and no one is getting up to clean it and they continued to let people walk in with the mess from a parvo infected puppy everywhere. They denied allowing me to even talk to the vet and they called the cops to ask me to leave. I left once I spoke with the police peacefully. The employees and manager at this pet hospital are absolutely horrible people wouldn’t recommend even if my life depended on it.
Wish I could give them a minus score. This clinic is the most uncompassionate animal hospital I have had the unfortunate experience to visit. After a long difficult realization that my elder dog had reached the time to cross rainbow bridge I unfortunately chose this place. They could have not cared any less about the grief I or discomfort my dog was going thru. I was made to wait in the lobby for 20 mins after being told I was a work in when I called 2 days earlier and made and appointment. Then I was made to do a quality of life Q and A for the vet tech and she never even looked at it. She then told the vet I had questions when I did not. The vet was more worried about me signing paperwork that talking to me about my dog or asking me how I wanted to handle my dogs remains. The vet had an "I can't be bothered" attitude. We were in a closet sized exam room and they did nothing to help accommodate the size of my large dog so that I could sit with him. After they were quick to ask for money and did not even tell me when I would receive my dogs ashes back. I had to ask as she was going out the door. No one showed any sympathy or compassion. I was not a regular customer but that should not have mattered. Giving my dog a compassionate and dignified euthanasia should have mattered to them. After all that is the business they are in. I have had to put down other animals in my long life and have never experienced anything so awful as this clinic.
Dre McMasters · 5 seconds agoOur baby Zelda, a one year old black lab, got extremely ill, so ill that we thought we were going to lose her. Even after surgery, she was not improving. Dr. Caldwell and his staff were amazing. They refused to give up on our baby. Caitlin, and the other staff members ( I wish I could remember all of their names), stayed by her side when we couldn't be, and kept trying to feed her, bathed her, just loved her. Finally, Zelda started eating again at home. And today, we are finally out of the woods. We have our happy healthy baby back, thanks to the compassion of these wonderful folks. We are forever grateful
I have not been to this clinic, but called for advice for a dog training client of mine. The individual I spoke to was very polite, professional, and helpful. I am only rating this clinic as a 4 rather than a 5 because all I know about it is my experience on the phone. I was impressed, and will recommend this clinic to anyone within driving range who has a veterinary emergency.
My cat had a UTI. I dropped him off at 7:30 and called around 11 when no one called me. I explained multiple times I needed to pick him up by 4. They said no progress, he hadn't went pee. I called back around 2:30, and they acted like it was weird I was calling, and no one knew I needed to be there by 4. The vet, Rebecca, proceeded to call me. When I said it makes me uncomfortable that no one has any info on my cat and it's an hour and a half till I pick him up, her immediate response was for me to find another veterinarian. They wanted to wait to do a $36 urinalysis for the UTI they said he had, which I was fine leaving him overnight, but that wasn't even offered, but 4 was an issue. If a business owners first response to something uncomfortable is to move on, there will be no customers left. It was all a huge misunderstanding that no one took the time to understand. The times I had been there before, some of the front desk people were really snobby. Im always cheerful; it's a requirement of my job and it's how I choose to live my life. I have no place in a business that will just tell off a confused customer.
acph is the reason my pet is alive today! my experience with this clinic could not have been better. they did exactly what was needed and saved my pet. they are professional, compassionate, and truly there for the animals. this is an example of what some other "vets" should be like.
all they care about is your MONEY. i did not believe the other reviews at first, but i do now. they did very little to help my pet but charged a whole lot of money. we were easily dismissed with no real help. the next day we went to another vet who quickly began an iv treatment with meds that saved my pets life. evc of sw mo could have and should have done the same thing. these people are worthless. only go to them if you absolutely have to. be sure to follow up with a real vet the next day. if i would not have my pet would not be alive today
Save my donations wife 16 years ago she takes you in you matter what the situation is she is truly awesome
Not open about their polices. My last vet (Thrive in Austin, Tx) allowed me to not to a heartworm test for my dog since he was on heartworm prevention already and had a previous heartworm test. Therefore I declined the heartworm test when I went to Springfield Veterinary Center, explaining that my dog was already on heartworm prevention. I WAS NOT TOLD THAT DECLINING THE TEST MEANT THAT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO PRESCRIBED ANY PREVENTION TO ME. They had time to mention this when I asked how to get medicine online for my dog and was told that the online seller just had to contact them. I understand that different vets have different policies but I would not have declined the test if I had known the result. When I found out that they did not allow the prescription from the online provider, I called to find out the issue and was told they did not have a heartworm test for my dog so would not provide it even when I pointed out my dog had a test from 2014 and be on prevention since. I'm still angry that I wasn't informed of this policy when I declined the test or when I talked about getting heartworm prevention. Will never go to them again, rather eat the cost of going to another vet to get the heartworm prevention. I increased the score due to being offered a free heartworm test after the Veternarian called me back, though I did not take him up on it.
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.