My first few experiences with veterinary practices here were not particularly good ones. The first thing you will notice about most vets here, is how small the building is, and that there is usually only one veterinarian running the practice.

In England a veterinary practice is usually a substantial size, with a reception area, at least 2 or 3 private consultation rooms with separate rooms for performing operations and for holding pets over night. The veterinarians themselves are almost always dressed in smart lab coats or special uniforms that keep hygiene under control and look very professional. From what I’ve seen of a few veterinary practices here in Oradea, things are done differently.

The veterinarians do not always wear such professional clothing. The very first vet we saw here was a young man wearing a sports tracksuit, dirty trainers and a lot of jewellery.  The consultation room was not private – so as you talked to the vet, the people waiting for their turn could watch and listen to your conversation. This struck me as quite unprofessional, especially because people would come up to the door and interrupt to ask the vet questions (which he would more than willingly answer in depth) whilst he was supposed to be giving his attention to us and our pet. With regards to cleanliness and treatment – it wasn’t too bad. The building was very clean and all treatments were carried out just as they would be in England, however, we were given a lot of bizarre advice here and subsequently decided that this was a vet to forget.

Our current vet is a lovely lady running her own small practice. On appearances she looks just like an English vet does – dressed professionally in clean vet style clothing (the little things do matter!), but it’s the appearance of the building inside that is very different. Incredibly small and very simple, it consists of just one main room with a waiting area, that must be less than 2 metres in width, attached to it. The examination room is used for everything, consultations, check ups and operations too. The glass door cabinets look like they’ve been transported from a doctor’s office in the 1800s and contain some very old fashioned looking instruments. Due to their such small scale, the majority of veterinary practices here all run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and (unless booking for operations) they do not take bookings for appointments – you simply turn up. I think this system tends to work quite well, but only due to the sheer amount of different vet practises here. There seems to be one on every street, so you don’t tend to get a huge queue of people waiting to be seen by one single vet – which is just as well considering the size of the waiting areas.

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