Need to know that your vet will look after your pet well when they are sick? The best solution is to find a good vet in advance before you need one, to make sure that you feel happy that they will provide the best care for your particular pet.
Ask others in your area of their experiences, word of mouth recommendations are very valuable as they are usually not biased, and you are more likely to get a true appraisal of the abilities of the vet and the practice in general.
Approach local animal shelters and animal clubs who will have experience of many different vets.
Make sure the vet has experience with your species of pet. For instance, even if a vet has a very good reputation as a canine vet, this is useless if you own a rabbit, because the two species are utterly different.
Prepare a list of questions to ask the vet. These should include:
Opening times, important if you need to have flexible access to your vet, for instance evenings and weekends.
Fees – find out their standard consultation fees, also their fees for standard treatments such as vaccinations, worm and flea treatments etc.
Emergencies – what are the arrangements for out of hours emergency care for your pet, for instance do they do home visits?
Alternative medicine – find out what their attitude is towards alternative and complementary treatments for your pet.
Never be afraid to ask a vet anything. If you feel afraid to ask them something to do with your pet and it's well-being, this obviously isn't the right vet for you.