Finding a veterinarian in a new town isn't easy. This column offers advice, including visiting the practice before your pet does. Assess the staff's friendliness and interactions with pets and clients, and ask to meet the veterinarian before scheduling an appointment. "If the place looks neat, the people seem warm and clients have a genuine rapport with the staff, [you're] ... making a smart choice," said AVMA Past President Dr. Douglas Aspros.

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