The average annual salary of an emergency veterinarian in the United States is $103,934, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
A large majority of vets also practice in states with very high vaccination rates.
But that’s a far cry from the $160,000 average salary of a veterinarian in China.
So which vet should I seek out?
A big part of this is determining which type of vet is the right fit for your situation.
If you’re looking for a veterinarian that is well-trained and experienced, you might be able to find one in a state that has very low vaccination rates, such as Texas, California, or New York.
But if you want a vet that’s more focused on reducing your vet bills, you should look for an emergency vet who is willing to take on more cases and take care of more animals, said Dr. Stephen M. Dickey, a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.
“If the emergency vet has been through the vet school and is a vet in the area, he’s probably a better fit for you,” said Dickey.
For example, if you need a vet who has experience working with animals and has a lot of training, you can’t go wrong with a vet with a degree in animal welfare.
“You don’t want to go through the veterinary school and get an animal behaviorist, and then end up with a veterinarian who is going to take care and be an animal abuser,” he said.
If your emergency vet is willing and able to take more cases, he or she can be a good fit for a larger number of patients.
“There are lots of cases that are going to be covered by a vet on the basis of his or her experience,” Dickey said.
But what about a pet owner?
While a vet might be willing to treat you more frequently, he can also be a liability if he or they are bitten, scratched, or injured.
Veterinarians can also experience issues with conflicts of interest.
“Vets are human beings,” said Mandy Mathers, founder of the American Pet Veterinary Medical Alliance.
“I would be very concerned about a vet having conflicts of interests in the veterinary industry.”
If you need help finding a veterinarian to take your pet, it may be worth considering the veterinary residency program offered by the American Society of Veterinary Surgeons, Mather said.
It offers students and vets the chance to become licensed as a veterinary assistant, a position that allows them to provide veterinary services for patients in need, such a pet, in a safe and comfortable environment.
If a vet is not willing to handle your pet in the clinic, you may have to pay a fee to have him or her take care.
“The fees are very small,” said Dr in-home nurse and owner of a small dog, Dr. Kari Smith.
“They’re not expensive,” she added.
“But I think if you’re really looking for an experienced vet, it’s better to go to a small town where you’re not going to get too many issues,” she said.
For more information about veterinary medicine, including training and certification, see the American Academy of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s website at the American Board of Veterinary Medicine.