Why This & Not That: Vet Clinic vs Vet Doctor

Apr 23, 2021|

Hi Team and welcome to Why This & Not That Episode 5!

In this video we are talking about the thing that might well be the difference between your dog living and dying. Today we will discuss what is more important: the veterinary clinic, or the vet doctor who is actually treating your dog! Watch the video to see what you need to be aware of when choosing the right health professional for your pup!

Firstly, a HUGE thank you for all our wonderful clients who use our website chateaucanine.com to buy their doggies food, treats, toys and other goodies. We have given away more than ¥10,000 worth of donations in the last 6 months to our rescue partners, its you guys using those rescue organizations coupon codes that are making the difference to so many doggies lives!

To kick off, let’s dispel a couple of misconceptions that have been promoted around the market:

Misconception One: English speaking vets are better at treating your dog than Chinese speaking vets. For those of us who can’t speak Chinese, let alone animal medicine Chinese, there is obviously some challenges in working with a vet who can’t speak fluent English, at that critical time if your dog is sick or injured, communication is very important. However, in our experience in China to date, Chateau Canine has met far more good quality Chinese speaking veterinary professionals than English speaking ones. If you are in a bind and need some translation at the vet, please do not hesitate to contact our WeChat account and we will be happy to help!

Misconception Two: The hospital brand means something. When you have a look at the bigger picture of the animal hospital industry in China, you soon realize that there are only a handful of dominant players in the industry. Private equity investment has made short work of the key brands and hospitals. Essentially the vast majority of hospitals in China are all owned by the same corporations. For example, the below brands are ALL owned by New Ruipeng Pet Healthcare Group:

Misconception Three: Veterinarian medical degrees in China are the same duration as those of vets overseas. Unfortunately, they are not. Essentially, a vet medicine student in China can do as little as the equivalent of a 3-year college diploma, then do the vet board test, pass with 61% and become a board-certified vet.

Ok so now that we understand a little bit more about what is going on in the vet hospital market, let’s talk about some hot tips to find the best doctors and vet clinics in China that we can!

Hot tip #1:

Only use a vet clinic who has publicly available information showing their doctors background and experience. You are looking for several key pieces of information, firstly, their board certification. Secondly, look how long ago they got their certification, this indicates how much experience they have, next you want to see their university and level, as in, if the vet has a Masters or above from a top tier university, like Nong Da (China Agricultural University), then they have gone through much more structured learning than the other vet with the 3 year diploma.

Hot tip #2:

Use the local little vet clinic like you would use a GP or emergency room, but for more complex or dangerous matters, go and see a specialist. Yes they exist, yes they are better than normal vets, yes Chateau Canine can direct you towards them.

Hot tip #3:

A dedicated anaesthesiologist matters. Those hospitals which have a vet team member on site who is a specialist anaesthesiologist reduces the risk of anethesia to your furbaby when they are put under for an operation.

Hot tip #4

All vet hospitals need a certain amount of equipment to support the doctor’s ability to make accurate diagnosis about what is ailing your pup. The most basic are x-ray, ultrasound, microscope and bloodwork equipment. At the same time, it is important for parents to listen out for key words from the vet, if they say things like “this image isn’t clear enough” or “it’s difficult to see clearly”. When a vet says something like that, it sounds the alarm for me and makes me question, is this equipment good enough and does the doctor know how to use it properly? You may be surprised to know that not all vets can read ultrasound images proficiently. Neither of those things lead to an accurate diagnosis, which at the end of the day is what is important to getting your pup healthy again.

Hot tip #5

Don’t be afraid to get a second opinion. If the doctor is telling you something that seems to conflict with what you know about your dog, then thank them for their opinion and go visit another vet. If you would like a recommendation for our preferred doctors, or recommendation for a specialist please feel free to contact the Chateau Canine team and we will advise on who we take our dogs to.

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support. Let’s keep working together to keep your pup healthy, happy and safe in China!

See you soon on the next ep of Why This & Not That.

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