If you do decide to go ahead and get a puppy or even an older setter one of the most important people in his life, apart from you and your family, will be your vet.  It is really important that you have a vet you can trust and talk to if needs be.  Apart from the routine visits for vaccinations, worming and the minor problems such as kennel cough, should you need a vet for a more serious problem, then you must be able to trust them and have a good working relationship with them. Your vet will be able to refer you to a specialist if needed.

Ask around and see who has a good reputation in the area.  It may not be the practice that is round the corner, but equally for an emergency, and believe us they do happen, you need a practice that is reasonably close.

Many veterinary practices these days have nurses who carry out a number of procedures including new puppy checks, post operative care, weight clinics, puppy classes to social your puppy, microchipping and much more.

The RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) runs an accreditation scheme for vets’ practices and you might find it useful to have a look at their site www.rcvs.org.uk before you choose your vet as well as www.findavet.org.uk