Here is some information rom the AVA.
When an owner comes into a veterinary practice with a sick or injured animal, a vet will give advice on a range of treatment options.
There’s been great advances in veterinary science over the past ten years, and at the same time attitudes towards pets have changed and they are seen as part of the family. This means some of the treatment options available are very advanced forms of health care – but they may also be expensive.
*The important thing is that owners make an informed decision. Sometimes there are breakdowns in communication between the owner and the vet about expectations and the level of service. This happens in all sorts of situations where services are provided to customers, and it is not surprising it happens occasionally in an emotional situation involving a sick or injured pet.
It’s important to make sure there’s good communication to sort out the different expectations, and that’s two way between the vet and the client.
The owner always decides what they purchase, and they have the choice to shop around just like they would for other products and services – including healthcare.
It’s also important to remember that your veterinarian is not only your pet’s GP, but may also be their surgeon, radiologist, dermatologist, neurologist, oncologist and pharmacist as well.
Pet insurance can be useful to help owners prepare for the unexpected.
The key to minimising healthcare costs is through preventative health and regular check-ups, such as regular dental care. The vet’s advice will also cover things like worming, nutrition, exercise, how to look after the pet’s teeth and how to treat fleas.
There’s no pricing schedule for vet services like there is for human health care.
Vets are licensed and regulated by Veterinary Boards. Several state legislations also have Codes of Professional Conduct that veterinarians must adhere to.
Pricing schedules for vets are not part of the regulatory system. Vets work in a transparent, competitive free market as required by law.
* Price setting and collusion is forbidden by law.
- Each veterinary practice sets their fees based on the treatment being given as well as the expertise available and the cost of supplying the service. These prices cover all of the expenses that keep the veterinary practice running, such as salaries, overheads and equipment. Expenses can vary widely from place to place.
For more information visit http://www.ava.com.au/public/what-expect-when-you-visit-vet