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Sat 24, Jun, 2017
REVIEWS

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RATING: 5/5
If I was staying in this area, I would feel happy and proud to call this vet office mine. They are convenient, helpful, thorough, clean, comfortable, friendly, professional, and don't pressure/judge (something I really appreciate since I need time and space to make decisions). - Lynnze H.
 
RATING: 5/5
SC Vet is wonderful! I just took our new Golden Retriever here for the first time yesterday for some updates on his vaccines and I couldn't have asked for a nicer experience. The women that I met who worked there were so sweet and helpful. My husband is currently deployed right now so I trip to the vet for me means fours kids ages four and under and a dog. As soon as I got into the office they helped me with my dog and even brought out special coloring books for the kids! The office itself is beautiful as well.....new, clean and comfortable. This is definitely Brinkley's new Veterinary office, no need to look any further! - Jenelle D.
 
RATING: 5/5
I absolutely love this place! I was referred to this hospital by my friend who had taken in her cat to get fixed a few months ago. I have a new dog that I just got from some ad I saw online and I was told the dog was healthy. The second night I had him, he started throwing up and wouldn't stop. I called the number my friend gave me and explained to the person that answered what was going on. I must have sounded pretty scared because she scheduled me an appointment for the same day. When I walked in, the office looked clean, organized and I was greeted by the same woman who took my call. She remembered not only my name, but also my dog's. I was in and out with a very inexpensive prescription medication for my dog within 30 minutes. I only wish my own doctor's office was that quick and affordable! I will definitely use this hospital in the future! - Michelle M.
 
RATING: RECOMMENDS
My dog Gracie and I have been coming to San Clemente Veterinary Hospital for many years now. I’ve always been treated with respect. Gracie? The vet and staff have gone above and beyond with her. – Dorthy B.
 
RATING: RECOMMENDS
I couldn’t be happier with the service I’ve gotten from San Clemente. Sammy (a female cat, now 14 years old) is the patient. Each time I bring her in everyone is cheerful, friendly and helpful. From diagnosing her problem, to treating emergencies, and even to maintaining order in the waiting room, there is no situation these people can’t handle well. – Rose B.
 
RATING: 5/5
My large long-haired dog Bruno has been coming to San Clemente for all six of his years. Early on, he needed shots. Later he needed to be neutered. Interspersed there were the gastric issues, the annoying scratching, and other problems suffered by Bruno, but dealt with professionally and with concern by the veterinarian and other staff at San Clemente. I love them (almost) as much as I love Bruno. – Amber
 
RATING: 5/5
I recently visited San Clemente Veterinary Hospital having an emergency with my medium-sized dog, Joey, who had been hit by a car, and I was very pleased with the service. All staff was knowledgeable and experienced and answered my questions completely. As soon as I called and explained the situation, the staff had me bring Joey in immediately, then scheduled her for an on-site MRI and, after reading the results, got her into surgery immediately. After a long afternoon and one night at San Clemente, I took Joey home and eventually she recovered. For her ultimate success I credit San Clemente - its veterinarian, nurse and technicians – all of whom I saw a lot of during Joey’s care. THANK YOU. I’ll be back. – Mary
 
RATING: 5/5
I checked out this place for its cat boarding services and the prices are reasonable and I think my cat is going to have a great time. I called and made an appointment which was easy and convenient and off I sent my cat. I know she will be happy and comfortable because the staff is friendly and they seem passionate towards my cat. So far their boarding services are looking good. – Candice L.
 
RATING: 5/5
This clinic is nothing short of amazing. I chose SCVH at random when we moved to San Clemente, and the level of care and compassion that we have experienced has been beyond our expectations. The entire staff is positive, friendly, compassionate, knowledgeable, and always available to help. I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Habekost and Dr. Cruz! I am grateful for the weekend hours and flexible scheduling. Some of the prices are a little high, but like everything else in this world you get what you pay for. The level of care is worth every penny in my opinion. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone! - Stephany T.
 
RATING: RECOMMENDS
I really love that this animal hospital works with you on many kinds of payments. I was in a bind with an emergency that my dog had one evening and had no cash to work with. They took a specialty credit card as payment that allowed me to make payments on my dogs emergency vet bill which took a huge weight from my shoulders. They were also very helpful and courteous and were completely understanding of my situation. I would definitely recommend San Clemente veterinary hospital to anyone in the area that needs emergency vet services. – Alessandro L.

 
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Fri 23, Jun, 2017
ACCREDITATIONS

AMERICAN ANIMAL HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION (AAHA)
San Clemente Veterinary Hospital is proud to be an AAHA accredited facility. This is a non-profit organization established in 1933 and is the only accrediting body for small animal hospitals in the US and Canada. The association develops benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, publications and educational standards.

To become AAHA-accredited, practices undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet the AAHA standards of Accreditation, which include the areas of: Patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, anaesthesia, contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, examination facilities, medical records, leadership, and emergency/urgent care. Accreditation is voluntary.

San Clemente Veterinary Hospital is currently the only AAHA accredited hospital in San Clemente.
 
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AVMA)
This non-profit body provides information resources, continuing education opportunities, professional products, programs, and services to veterinarians across the country.. It also serves as the accreditation board to veterinary colleges and maintains educational standards in the US.
 
CALIFORNIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (CVMA)
This body serves the veterinary profession and the public by providing education opportunities to veterinarians and para-professional staff members; as animal advocates; as leaders in the California veterinary community.
 
VETERINARY EMERGENCY AND CRITICAL CARE SOCIETY (VECCS)
The objective of the society is to raise the level of patient care for seriously ill or injured animals through quality education and communication programs. Their mission is to provide a forum for collaboration of all individuals interested and involved with veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and surgery. They exist to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care. Dr. Agostini has been a member of this society since 1986.
 
VETERINARY ORTHOPEDIC SOCIETY (VOS)
The objectives of VOS are to provide for the association of persons interested in the specialty of veterinary orthopedic surgery, to further scientific investigation in order to upgrade the specialty of orthopedics in order to provide better patient care.
 
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SCVMA)
This organization provides information and educational services to veterinary professionals, and provides numerous services to the general public in order to promote the human-animal bond, and enhance the medical care of pets in general.

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Fri 23, Jun, 2017
Woman grateful of her dog
RESCUE MEDICINE

GIVING BACK
IN ORANGE COUNTY ALONE, THERE WERE NEARLY 10,000 DOGS AND CATS EUTHANIZED IN 2013.
For the most part, most of these animals only lacked a home. This sad statistic is an example of how many marginalized pets exist in our rather affluent society. In comparison, nearly 15,000 pets were euthanized in 2010.

Fortunately, there has been a steady reduction in the number of pets destroyed over the last few years. Most of this reduction is the result of spay-neuter policies before adoption, economic trends, and hundreds of volunteers working tirelessly to find homes for these unwanted pets.

Thanks to the efforts of rescue volunteers, the internet, and generosity by the veterinary community, more pets in need of medical care and loving homes have been and will be spared.

There isn’t a veterinarian that I know that doesn’t give back to their community by contributing their time and expertise toward this worthy cause.

All animals that are adopted from a shelter have to be spayed or neutered regardless of age. This is always a surgical procedure performed by a veterinarian. At San Clemente Veterinary Hospital, we are proud to provide pro bono (free) spay and neuter services to the San Clemente Animal Shelter (Pet Project Foundation - PPF) and the Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). The cost for safe anesthesthetics, pain medication, surgical supplies, nursing, and doctor time are all donated. This assures that these pets get top notch care and do not burden the budget of the animal shelter.

Our facilities are always available to various shelters at or below our true cost.

We are proud to offer these services to this worthy cause. I have worked in San Clemente for over 23 years now and am both gratified and thrilled to see the tremendous benefit to the animal community and our citizens through the adoption efforts of these organizations.
 
BELOW IS A PARTIAL LIST OF THE SHELTERS THAT COME TO US FOR MEDICAL, SURGICAL, AND GENERAL DIAGNOSTIC HELP:

Pet Project Foundation (PPF), San Clemente
Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (CARE), San Juan Capistrano
The Barking Lot, San Diego
Angel City Pits, Los Angeles
Orange County Boxer Rescue
Orange County German Shepherd Rescue

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Thu 15, Jun, 2017
Family and their pets
INSURANCE

PET HEALTH INSURANCE.
Pet insurance helps make vet bills affordable.
We want you and your pets to have the best coverage and health care available.

At San Clemente Veterinary Hospital, we recommend pet health insurance to nearly all our clients. It’s a great way to help budget for pet health care costs and protect you financially in the case of a pet’s unexpected accident or illness.

Pet health insurance can help to provide peace of mind knowing you may have help with future vet bills. Pet insurance plans can typically include reimbursement for:

* Emergency Visits, Prescriptions, Lab Tests
* Exams Cancer Hospitalization
* Surgery X-rays and more…
 
PET INSURANCE HAS COME OF AGE!! WE HIGHLY ADVOCATE THAT YOU INSURE YOUR PETS HEALTH BY PURCHASING A PLAN TODAY.
There are now many available policies to choose from.. It is really wise to shop for the policy that best meets the needs of your budget and your treatment philosophy.

The following guidelines may be helpful:

If you want very comprehensive coverage, look at policies offered by “Healthy Paws” and “Trupanion”. These companies are the only ones currently available that cover up to 90% of all expenses (minus your deductible) and do not limit the amount of payout per incident ot lifetime.

Alternatively, other policies such as “Pet Plan”, “Pet’s Best”, “Nationwide”, “ASPCA”, "Embrace" have a buy-up style of underwriting. These policies can fall short when major expenses occur if you choose the lowest premium they have. They can have claim caps which limit the payout per incident .

Most vet bills are under $300.00…but major medical/surgical problems such as intestinal blockages that require surgery, cancer treatment, vehicular injuries, dog attacks warranting reconstructive surgery, snakebites etc. can all cost thousands of dollars to treat. In the big scheme of things, more coverage is cheap to acquire.

We suggest the following web link which compares major pet insurance carriers: www.consumersadvocate.org

 
**Not all pet insurance are alike, so do your research. We do not advocate any one company, but have placed some links on this site for your convenience. They will guide you to comparable and affordable pet health insurance companies, that we feel deliver good value.

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