Finding a veterinarian when you’re traveling can be tricky — how do you know they’ll take the same care of your beloved pets that their regular doctor does? Well, if you’re traveling in North America, the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) consumer website, healthypet.com, allows you to search for an AAHA accredited vet hospital by city, state or postal code. AAHA accreditation is an optional step for veterinary hospitals, so while a lack of accreditation is not necessarily a negative, an AAHA approved facility will guarantee a high standard of care.
If you’re traveling outside of the U.S., try a search on the national veterinary regulatory website (e.g. www.rcvs.org in the UK, www.veterinaire.fr in France, www.vci.ie in Ireland). In non-English speaking countries, of course, these can be a little harder to decipher! I recommend calling ahead to wherever you’re planning to stay and asking the hotel or guest house about veterinary facilities in their area.
Having a record that shows another veterinarian what vaccines have been given, and what preventive medications have been used, can be extremely useful. Be sure to ask your veterinary office to make a copy of your pet’s records for you to take with you.
Hopefully, after being fully prepared for your trip, you can now forget the phrases “Ou est le vétérinaire?” and “¿Dónde está el veterinario?” and just focus on enjoying your trip, secure in the knowledge that you have the details of someone that can speak the universal languages of dog and cat!