Thanks to the help of Internet resources it's not not that difficult to find listings for everything from people who sell real estate to those that can cut your hair. So, there a good chance that with a quick search you'll be able to find at least one equine veterinarian that works in your area. But just because it's easy to find someone that's practicing doesn't mean that it's so simple to find someone who you can trust and will treat your animal well. Here are some tips to make sure that you're getting only the best for your animal.
When you're hiring any sort of professional you will want to make sure that they have the proper credentials to do the work that you're asking of them. When you're looking through all of the potential horse vets near your home you're going to want to ask what sort of schooling they have and if they are a member of a registered association that shows that they know how to deal with these types of animals. A membership to a group like the Ontario Association of Equine Practitioners means that they are not only committed to caring for this type of animal but also that they are keeping up with the latest advances in that sort of medicine.
You will also want to check to see what sort of experience they have with your breed. This is especially true if your horse is a little different than the other ones that you've seen around your house or has some sort of specialized condition. You will want to make sure that your chosen vet will be prepared dealing with your horse whenever needed.
Check the vet's availability when it comes to emergencies and last-minute appointments. If you're training with your horse after school or on the weekend when you're away at work and they get hurt or you find them sick than you will want to make sure that you can get them the care that they need as soon as possible. You should also check to see that the vet has someone else they can contact if they are away or unable to help you when you need them. While no one can be there for you all the time, you should know that they are usually going to be there for you.
Make an appointment for a check-up before you make your final decision about one vet. When you're choosing, pick one thing and go home but you're likely going to be a little more secure in your decision when deciding on someone who will care for your horse. Watch their rapport with your horse to see if they are truly a good fit.