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I took my dog to Village Animal Healthcare for skin allergies. However, after several visits Dr. Raspbury was not able to diagnose or treat my dog correctly. It was expensive to bring my dog to this veterinarian and I wasn't seeing any improvement in my dog. I switched to another veterinarian in Trenton and within a couple of visits my dog's condition improved immensely. I will not go back to Village Animal Healthcare. When I told Dr. Raspbury I was switching to another place, he became very rude and unprofessional.
Stay away from this vet! Took my dog to him. After looking at his xrays, he had some pretty scary suggestions about what he saw on them. So my heart got the better of me and I was nervous as our dog is like our family. After I made a few calls to ask questions to clarify what he said and to be sure I wasn't misunderstanding, he began to yell and scream at me on the phone. Something like: "No one has ever questioned me! If you are going to question tests I order for your pet, I'm not going to have you in my practice! He would not even stop yelling long enough to let me explain that I was making sure I didn't misunderstand. He was too busy yelling and screaming in the phone. In his pompous manner, he said" why don't you do this then, go ask your dog to tell you where it hurts. See if he can tell you himself." As if that wasn't enough, this vet who supposedly works for the well being of animals, called and cancelled my dog's pain medicine at the pharmacy. Extremely unprofessional!
This office is well kept, very clean, and comfortable. The staff is always very friendly and accommodating. Dr. Raspbury has always been professional and has taken great care of our pets. His prices are a little higher but you get what you pay for, and here it's great service.
Talked to this guy during business hours and he smelled like liquor. I would not trust any "Doctor" that would show up to work like that. Very surprised at the unprofessional way he portrayed himself. Also discriminates against breeds. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your time with this place. Did rate at least 1 star only due to the pleasant staff.
Village Animal Healthcare is a very well-established practice. For over four years now I have been bringing my furry family members to Dr. Gregory Raspbury, and not once have any issues been presented. We had actually previously brought one of our cats to McLaughlin Veterinary Hospital, and she passed after our vet had made a major mistake! It was only after advice from our fellow neighbors that led us to VAH that we felt at ease about our pet's health.The office in itself is very, very clean. Everything is organized and each and every room has a window to it, providing a more comfortable environment for both you and your pet. The vet techs seem to know exactly what they are doing, and on top of it all, the entire staff is usually all-smiles and like to learn more about your pet, rather than only focusing on what they're in for. Lastly, it seems as though Dr. Raspbury pursues getting to know you. He knows how to maintain the perfect balance of both professionalism and sincerity towards his clients.I highly recommend Village Animal Healthcare to anyone.
Dr. Dan has a common sense approach and is kind. He takes his time with my dog and makes her tail wag. The girls in the office are also fantastic. If my dog were ever seriously hurt or ill, this is the person that I could trust to take care of her. When I call the office, they know my dog by name without even looking it up (she hasn't been there often) They care.
I just recently moved here and was looking for a vet for my cat, I just happened to drive by the office and decided to stop in. I am soo glad I did. The hospital was clean, no smells like you usually smell, the staff was amazing, very nice, informative. So I made and appointment. Dr.Dan was wonderful with my cat. He has such compassion and caring normally my cat is scared at the vet but she did great, Wouldnt go anywhere else
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.