I am in the process of moving across town away from my vet of 10+ years. :'( I will be about an hour to an hour and half away. :'( This was the main and only reason I didn't want to move. I will continue to go to my regular vet for regular or non-urgent care but I obviously want to find a vet close by for urgent and emergency care. I had one reccomended by an in-law and made an appointment to meet the vet to interview her. I just wanted to talk to her and learn what her philosophies were and if she would take after hour emergencies, which is a very important aspect to a vet, in my opinion. I told the receptionist I was not bringing the dogs I just wanted to talk to the vet and meet her. While I was gone today the clinic called back and left a message that the visit to meet the vet would be $44. Now I admit I am spoiled by my vet out in BFE but I was shocked!!!! Am I too spoiled by my regular vet or am I right to be offended to charged to meet the vet and be charged to talk to her. I know I am taking up appointment time which could be used for another client but I think $44 in this area is a bit excessive for an office visit especially since it is an interview to see if she is (excuse the phrase but frankly it is accurate) WORTHY of treating my dogs.
I understand what you are feeling. Most vets will let you that you will get that "consultation fee" back with the first vet visit. You should ask, otherwise I would keep looking anyway. Any vet that would ask you to pay them just to ask a few questions seems $ hungry to me. My vet will call me on his day off if need be and I have called some emergency vets middle of the night with no questions asked or $ asked for. Good Luck. Let us know what happens.
I'd keep looking if I were you. If a vet wants to charge you $44.00 for a "meet and greet" I can't imagine what the charges are going to be for actual care of your dog.
44$ for a consultation ??? Keep looking I think...yes a vet's time is money but most will give you a short interview at least for free or offer to deduct the price of it off the first visit.