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What veterinarians in Virginia take payment plans?

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December 21, 2007 9:33AM

The best thing to do in regards to locating a vet in the area that will agree to a payment plan is to call and ask. Most vets don't advertise whether they will or not, but here's the trick: do not call and ask if the vet has a payment plan. Instead, call and ask the vet practice if they will allow a pet owner to make arranged payments. See the difference? Not the best question: Do you have payment plans? Better question: My pet needs help, and I would like to know if we can arrange a payment plan. The second question has more power. If they already have a payment plan, you'll be in anyway. If they don't, you might put them on the spot and there is at least a fair chance that they will make arrangements with you even if it isn't there normal policy. For pets needing emergency care, there might be some help available locally from an animal help group. Use the web to check for this, and ask any vets office if there is a local organization that can help. Vets know these things. Call a few of them and get the scoop, then call any organization they might suggest. Cool? Oh, and if you live within a reasonable drive of Blacksburg, Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University is there, and they have a vet school. Guess what? Discounted rates because it's a teaching school. Advanced student vets under the guidance of the veterinary doctors will treat your pets for a reduced rate. Call them if you can drive over for pet care. And if you're just across the line from NC, WV, KY, TN, MD or DE, check if there is a vet school in one of those states that might help. Good luck.