Our veterinary staff does not consider any question to be too small. Here are some of the answers to the questions we get asked most frequently.

What are your hours?

Our clinic is open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please get in touch with Horton Discovery or the University of Missouri Veterinary Health Center for after-hours care.

Do you do after hour emergency care?

We don’t have enough personnel on hand right now to be able to offer emergency after-hours care. In order to better serve our clients in the future, we intend to look into after-hours phone contact possibilities.

Do you work on horses?
Currently, we do not. We hope to add an expert veterinarian to our team soon that has experience treating equine patients.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, all major credit cards, and care credit.
Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, our veterinarians see patients by appointment only. If you feel that your pet needs veterinary care and you have not scheduled an appointment previously, please contact us so we can assist you and your animal.

Why should I vaccinate my pet?
State and County require that your cat or dog is vaccinated for Rabies, as this is a matter of public safety. If your pet were to bite someone or another animal, they are required to quarantine, and the type of quarantine is based on their vaccination status. Fines from the County may also be incurred if your pet is not properly vaccinated for Rabies. Other vaccines are considered either core or elective.
Is it REALLY necessary to give my cat or dog flea, tick, and heartworm prevention year-round?
YES, here in Central Missouri, our weather is unpredictable, and even in the winter, we experience warm days. Flea, tick, and mosquito activity decreases with cooler weather but require freezing temperatures over a sustained number of days for them to die. Intestinal parasites are a year-round occurrence, and heartworm prevention also keeps these parasites under control.
I have a question for the vet, can I just speak with the doctor?

In order to be efficient and assist in serving as many patients as possible, our clinic adheres to an appointment and surgical schedule because we understand how valuable our doctor’s time is. Our doctors’ schedules get pushed back when they take calls during the day, which underserves the patients and clients we have in the clinic. We have a superb support staff that can answer your questions, return your call, and provide advice.

What is a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship and why is it important?

Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) is a term used by the Veterinary Profession to describe the level of care given by a veterinarian. The requirements to maintain one generally require that:

  1. The veterinarian has examined the animal in person within the last 12 months;
  2. The owner has given the veterinarian permission to provide treatment;
  3. The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal’s condition to make diagnosis and treatment recommendations;
  4. The owner is reasonably available to follow up on treatment recommendations;
  5. The veterinarian and owner have a mutual understanding of the goals of care.

A Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) exists when all of these criteria are met.

The VCPR is important because it allows your veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your animal. This includes discussing all options for treatment, as well as diagnostic and preventive measures that may be recommended. It also allows your veterinarian to prescribe medications or other treatments, as needed.

At CountryVets, we value the Veterinary Client Patient Relationship and work hard to build trust and rapport with our clients and their animals. We understand that your pet is an important member of your family.

Why is the clinic not open during evenings and weekends?

We do not currently have the staff to support additional hours. In order to enhance weekend and evening hours, it is important for us to be able to expand and hire more support staff as soon as possible.

What animals do you work on?
Primarily companion animals such as feline and canine patients as well as livestock with the main focus being on beef cattle. We are also happy to see small ruminant patients and poultry patients.
Does your clinic do house or farm calls?

Our on-farm services now cater to larger cattle groups. At our brand-new livestock haul-in facility, smaller herds of cattle and small ruminant services will be offered.

Do you offer payment plans?

Payment is due at the time of service. For large surgical procedures, we require half of the high end of the estimate down at the time the patient is dropped off for the service and the remaining balance when the patient is picked up. We do partner with CareCredit for payment options to spread out your payments over time.

Do you offer boarding, grooming, or daycare?
Medicine is what we do best. Currently, we do not offer any of the above services.
Do you require my pet to be vaccinated to be seen?

For the safety of our staff, your pet must be current on their rabies vaccine to be seen and treated at our facility. This includes routine nail trim and anal gland appointments. If your pet did not receive their rabies vaccines at our clinic, please send us a copy of the rabies certificate for our files at [email protected] or bring in a copy of the certificate at the time of your appointment. For your pet’s health and safety, other core vaccines will also be recommended by the veterinarian depending on the lifestyle of your pet.

My pet had this problem a month ago, can’t I just get the same medication?

It depends on the problem, but most likely, we are going to require your pet to be seen again, even if they were diagnosed and treated for the same medical condition recently. Some medical conditions look similar, and by assuming it is the same condition, we may not be treating your pet appropriately. Certain medications may also result in resistance which can cause a lack of response or, worse, a more severe problem if given too frequently or inappropriately. An exam to ensure proper diagnosis is what is best to keep your pet healthy for years to come.

My pet has a new symptom and I am concerned, what should I do?
We will highly suggest making an appointment if we have never seen the pet before for that particular problem. You can leave a message to speak with one of our skilled veterinary nurses if your query relates to a current case or disease that has already been treated by our veterinarian. To make the best recommendations for your pet, the doctor can then review the patient history and consult with you.