Your First Appointment
Thank you for choosing to bring your beloved companion to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital. We hope the information below will help you prepare for your first appointment. For additional information, be sure to read our Client Guidelines.
Before your Appointment
Q. Are there any special feeding instructions for my pet?
If there are any special feeding instructions for your pet, you will be informed at the time you make the appointment.
Q. What should I bring with me to the appointment?
You should bring any medical records and/or radiographs that your referring veterinarian has not sent to us. Check with your veterinarian a few days prior to your appointment to see if you need to pick up anything from the veterinarian’s office to bring to us. Also, bring any medicine your pet takes currently.
If your pet is brought in on emergency for ingesting a foreign body or non-prescribed medicine, bring a sample if possible so the VTH clinician assess the substance.
Q. Is there any additional information I need to know?
All dogs should be on a leash; other pets should be in a secure enclosure.
During your Appointment
Q. What should I do when I arrive?
Check in at the admissions desk. You may be asked to confirm or update all relevant information, including your name, your pet’s name, the service you are seeing, your address, phone numbers and email address.
Q. What is a client team? Who is included?
A client team is a group of individuals who are dedicated to the care of your pet during their appointment. The team typically includes:
- A Registered Veterinary Technician, or RVT, which is similar to a nurse in human medicine
- A fourth-year veterinary student
- An Intern (a veterinarian who is continuing his/her education)
- A Resident (a veterinarian who is specializing in an area of veterinary medicine)
- A Faculty Member ( a veterinarian who is a member of our faculty and who oversees the team)
Q. What can I do while I wait?
There are many places to see and things to do within minutes of our hospital. Please download our Guide to Athens for some suggestions.
While you explore, please be available by phone so the clinician or student may reach you for questions.