Who we are
What Makes Us Different
Searching for the right veterinary clinic for you and your pet family is a daunting task. Go to any veterinary website and everyone will tell you that they practice top quality medicine and have high standards. Well most practices do. So why should Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Mill be any different? We could tell you everything we do here but let us explain why we do what we do. And why we stand alone among other hospitals.
We are a fully accredited AAHA member
What does this mean?
Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by AAHA. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited.
That sounds great but what does that mean for my pet and me?
It means our hospital holds itself to a higher standard, and that your pet is receiving care at a hospital that has passed the highest standards in veterinary care. AAHA sends consultants to AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals every three years to evaluate hospitals on their adherence to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation. AAHA consultants evaluate hospitals on approximately 900 different standards of veterinary care.
A New Way of Practicing Medicine
The Fear Free method was created to alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pets and educate and inspire the people that care for them. Fear Free focuses on both the physical and emotional well-being of your pets, and aims to take the pet out of petrified.
We believe in this way of practicing veterinary care:
- 90% of our staff is at least Fear Free Level 1 Certified. This requires 9 hours of training for each member!
- 60% of our staff has achieved Fear Free Level 2 Certification. This requires an additional 7 hours of training!
- All of our doctors are Fear Free Level 2 Certified.
Making sure that your pet and you have a stress free experience at Veterinary Medical Center of Fort Mill is one of our top priorities. We are so strongly committed to this approach, that we not only have our individual staff members certified as Fear Free Professionals, but the clinic itself has undergone the evaluation process of becoming a Fear Free Certified Practice.
We take great pride in the fact that we currently are the FIRST and ONLY Fear Free Certified Practice in all of South Carolina.
Dr. Julie Reck (Owner) is also a member of the Fear Free Executive Council.
The Cat Friendly Practice® program is leading the movement to make veterinary care less stressful for cats and their caregivers. Established by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM), the Cat Friendly Practice® program is a global initiative designed to elevate care for cats by reducing the stress for the cat, caregiver, and also the entire veterinary team.
Certified Cat Friendly Practice
In 2012, a committee of feline veterinarians from the American Association of Feline Practitioners realized that many cat caregivers are a bit unwilling or stressed to bring their cat to the veterinarian. The solution was the Cat Friendly Practice® program.
Veterinary clinics designated as Cat Friendly Practices® have proven they take extra steps that show they understand your cat’s unique needs. The program is designed to:
- Help reduce stress from visit to the veterinarian.
- Improve the quality of care provided.
- Support the veterinary team so that the entire staff has the knowledge and resources to understand cats’ distinct needs and behaviors.
“I called on Monday afternoon to make an appointment for a kitten i found in the parking lot at work and they had her seen the following day. I am a cat person and find most vets cater to dogs and just see cats. This was not the case here. My new kitten Miitens was taken away from the waiting room in minutes so the dog smell didn’t stress her out. I really appreciate it.”
“The front desk staff is friendly and efficient. I am giving Dr. Wood a definite 5 star rating! She is hands on and I can tell she loves her animals. She has seen two of my kitties and I trust her. She has shown a respect for older animals and the pain they endure. She treated my 17 year old kitty like it was her own grandma. Seriously, the love was there. Had a small issue with a temp dr this week. I have to say VMC of FM are a class act!”
“VMC of Fort Mill has been a pleasure to take our puppy too. They have a love and respect of the animals that they see and treat and their owners. I would highly recommend anyone looking for a place to take their fur baby, to come check it out!”