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Who would not want the very best care for their beloved pets? Our furry friends are faithful, caring and the best companions we could ever have and, as such, it is not surprising that they have evolved from being a simple distraction to true members of the family. Numbers speak for themselves: 57% of the world population own a pet, with dogs (33%) and cats (23%) being the most popular companion animals, followed by fish (12%) and birds (6%) according to a survey by GFK. This means that the majority of world has at least one pet at home, a figure that is expected to grow gradually as awareness on animal welfare and income of consumers rises across the world.
As a result, veterinary medicine has not only experienced great advancements in the past decades but it has also witnessed the proliferation of these professionals worldwide. In the same way, as veterinary care techniques keep on improving over the years, animals are also expected to live longer thus requiring specialised and continuous assistance. Although finding this specialised care can be an overwhelming process for many pet owners, it is worth doing some previous research.
Whether you have just adopted a new puppy or you are moving to a new city, finding a vet that meets your needs is as important as finding a good physician. It goes without saying that the type of animal you have, the breed, the age and the specific health issues it has will greatly condition the type of vet you’re looking for. These can range from general veterinarians to professionals specialising in: exotic species medicine, equine medicine, geriatric care, oncology or ophthalmology, among others. Once these initial aspects have been cleared up, it is time to look at more qualitative features such as:
- the medical team experience and knowledge
- the choice of medical treatments and alternative therapies
- whether they have modern facilities with cutting-edge technologies
- customers’ satisfaction and feedback
Although choosing the right health care provider is a personal decision, gathering the aforementioned information from different webpages can be an excellent way to check the available standards of care. Another good source are recommendations from family, friends or other pet owners you can trust. That said being said, don’t wait until it’s an emergency to select a vet if you want to avoid undesirable situations. This search is to be done ahead of time even before moving to a new place or adopting a new companion animal. In fact, a vet can give you advice on the type of animal that best suits your personality and lifestyle as well as on nearby shelters that are looking for pet parents willing to adopt a new companion.
Yet, if you came here is because you wanted to get to know the world’s best vet. Well, that’s a hard question to answer as there are no comprehensive rankings at a global scale when it comes to veterinary medicine. Even so, we’ve been able to compile ten top-rated vet clinics from different parts of the world that are considered among the best for a variety of reasons. Keep reading to know why.
The best veterinary clinics
10- Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital – USA
Beginning from the northwestern side, we find Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital right in the heart of the US, a top-rated team of professionals providing vet services for over 30 years. As a matter of fact, they are not only fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), but they have also received numerous awards in recognition of their outstanding quality care and high rates of satisfaction. This vet medical centre based in the city of Colorado Springs is dedicated to provide a comprehensive array of vet services whether it is in the prevention and detection of health problems or in the resolution of emergencies.
9- Dr. Hato Veterinary Hospital – Brazil
Dr. Hato Veterinary Hospital in Sant André, Brazil, is frequently regarded as the best vet medical centre in South America. Indeed, there are good reasons for that. This ultramodern hospital, with an area of more than 13,000m² and 300 professionals, has wide expertise in a myriad of specialities, the most remarkable of which are stem cell treatments, cardiology, oncology, neurology and physiotherapy. In fact, the count on a 25-metre swimming pool destined to animals in need of rehabilitation therapies. But that’s not all, just beside the entrance there is a 24-hour pet supermarket where pet parents can find anything imaginable to spoil their beloved animal friends.
8- Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue – UK
Moving eastwest, right in the south of the UK, we find the first cancer hospital for pets in Europe. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, who has become popular for starring in the British TV programme the Supervet, founded Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue in 2005 to cater for the demand of centres that provide this very much needed care. Actually, cancer is the second leading cause of death among companion animals which contrasts with the lack of specialists in this type of diseases. Fortunately, this state-of-the-art hospital has the most advanced technologies for the treatment of different types of cancers including a well-equipped chemotherapy suite as well as a neuro-orthopaedics department in charge of making custom-made limbs for those pets that lost some of their legs during the illness.
7- Swanspool Veterinary Clinic – UK
Rated as the UK’s best veterinary clinic in 2019, it is not surprising that Swanspool Veterinary Clinic is the first choice for many British and foreign pet owners when it comes to veterinary care. As a result, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Practice Standards Scheme (RCVS) have accredited the top quality of their practices as regards hygiene, facilities, equipment, safety and health management.
With more than 140 years of experience, Swanspool Veterinary Clinic staff have been able to provide personal and individualised care to cats and dogs as well as horses and a other farm animals. Among the wide range of services they offer, they are able to perform a variety surgeries along with radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy and dentistry services.
6- Veterinary Hospital Restelo – Portugal
Veterinary Hospital do Restelo has been providing the most outstanding and complete vet services in Lisbon, Portugal, since 2002. With more than 50 professionals specializing in a variety of species and practices, the centre is able to respond to almost any pet’s needs even when it comes to the most complex cases. As well as cardiology, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology, alternative treatments and dialysis therapies, to name some, they have especial concern for geriatric care aimed to making our companion animals’ lives longer and better. Additionally, they are also well-qualified to offer the most appropriate palliative care at the last stages of their life.
5- Monument Park Vet Clinic – South Africa
Monument Park Vet Clinic is a family-owned business that offers high quality and individualised pet care to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and a variety of farm animals in Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most interesting services of this vet medical centre is their own mobile phone application. Pet owners can easily download it to check important information about the clinic, keep in touch with the doctors as well as to request for assistance in case of emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Interestingly enough, veterinarians in this clinic also make routine phone calls to follow up on the well-being of their furry, scally or feathery patients. Additionally, customers can also make use of their lost and found service in charge of solving these stressful experiences rapidly. What is more, if you have ran out of your dog’s favourite treats, then you can easily purchase it at this clinic’s well-assorted online shop.
4- Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is certainly one of a kind. If the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi in particular are the world capital of falconry, then Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the vet medical centre of reference for the care this highly valued animals. Although not exclusively, falcons are their main pet patients and, as such, they count on the most qualified specialists and advanced technologies for the treatment of this species. In fact, they have a total of 200 air-conditioned rooms for the 11,000 falcons that are treated yearly at their premises. Owing to the growing interest of falcons worldwide and the increasing number of tourists visiting the capital of this Emirate, ADFH is now offering guided tours to raise awareness on this powerful animal and its importance in the Emirati culture. The tour includes a visit around the premises, witnessing a free-flight of a falcon and the chance to hold one of the majestic birds.
3- Rehab Vet Clinic – Singapore
As regards the southeastern part of Asia, Rehab Vet Clinic in Singapore stands out as an excellent centre specialized in animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Pets suffering from a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions as well as from canine cancer are in the very best hands thanks to the expertise and training of their therapists and fully-equipped facilities. Rather than focusing on medication, Rehab Vet Clinic professionals make use of physical therapy to improve these pets’ well-being by increasing their mobility and reducing pain. Hydrotherapy, electroacupuncture or the hyperbaric chamber are some of their most popular and effective treatments. Their high success rates have granted them with excellent customer reviews and frequent referrals from other doctors of veterinary medicine.
2- Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic – Australia
With three branches operating in capital city of Sydney, Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic is a family-run business who has been offering the highest quality standards in the area for quite a while now. They pride themselves on featuring a unique approach consisting of giving pet owners total independence in the choice of their best treatment for their four-legged friends while offering them a wide range of options. Of the comprehensive care services available, it is worth mentioning their specialist pet surgery which is assisted by the most advanced technologies that would normally only be available on humans. What is more, they are committed to offering competitive prices that make their practice accessible to most customers.
1- Natural Vet: world leader in holistic vet care
Natural Vet established in Seville and Cadiz, Spain, since 2011 has become a highly-recognised vet centre both in Spain and abroad. The clinic is led by Ivas Álvaro Millán, a specialized vet doctor, author and conference lecturer who a has received extensive training in vet medicine and alternative care techniques for pets.
What distinguishes Natural Vet from other veterinarian centres and has attracted many people to their premises is their choice of natural therapies along with conventional vet medicine practices. They have been pioneers in naturopathic and alternative treatments in Europe for over ten years specializing in traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture, homeopathy, homotoxicology, oligotherapy as well as nutritherapy.
In fact, this group of professionals have been the first to cure animals suffering from disc herniation without the need of surgery by applying a combination of techniques ranging from acupuncture needles to dietary adjustments. What is more, the fact that they count on a small team of professionals allows them to provide close personalized treatment in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Additionally, for those who are interested in receiving advice and guidance on holistic vet care but are not able to visit Natural Vet premises, they are able to do it through their online platform. Last but not least, to complement this holistic approach, they have launched their own online shop that offers a wide range of ecological products that make use of top-quality ingredientes free from any artificial additives.
Everything considered, it can be argued that the clinics listed above are among the best in the world whether it is for their high degree of specialisation, high customer satisfaction, accessibility to the most up-to-date vet care practices and/or the wide range of treatments available. However, we would be glad to hear from your own experiences and contributions so that we can improve this list and widen our knowledge on the topic. Finally, it should be reminded that choosing the best veterinarian for your pet needs to be a planned, thorough process that should not be disregarded.