This spring the AVMA will launch MyVeterinarian.com, an online resource where the public can search for veterinarians by location, species served, and medical services offered.
Thousands of practices around the country have been added to the site since the AVMA began spreading the word about the free member service late last year.
"We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from the practices that have signed up. In only a few short months there has been tremendous feedback, including suggestions that have already led to improvements in the new resource," said Dr. Kevin Dajka, director of the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division.
"The AVMA is proud to offer a new member service, especially one without any added cost to the veterinarian, that enables each practice to have an increased online presence and has the potential to drive new clients into the practice," he said.
MyVeterinarian.com lets veterinarians list all the particulars about their practice: name, address, phone and fax numbers, hours of operation, species served, services offered, and veterinarians practicing at the facility.
Pet owners visiting MyVeterinarian.com can compare clinics side by side to see what each offers. The site allows visitors to share the information they find by e-mailing it to friends or family members. They can also find a map to the business and print the information as a reference.
AVMA members can go online and add their practice to MyVeterinarian.com by going to the site's "Clinic Login" section, and clicking "Not Yet Registered" to start the process.