Selection Process

"If you had a client in need of a veterinarian, which veterinarian would you refer them to?"

This is the question we've asked thousands of veterinarians to help us determine who the topVets should be. Veterinarians and specialists are asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with animals, use of new techniques and technologies and of course physical results.

The nomination pool of veterinarians consists of all veterinarians licensed in their state, thus allowing virtually every veterinarian the opportunity to participate. Veterinarians are also given the opportunity to nominate other veterinarians who we have missed that they feel should be included in our list. Respondents are asked to put aside any personal bias or political motivations and to use only their knowledge of their peer's work when evaluating the other nominees.

Voters are asked to individually evaluate the practitioners on their ballot whose work they are familiar with. Once the balloting is completed, the scores are compiled and then averaged. The numerical average required for inclusion varies depending on the average for all the nominees within the specialty and the geographic area. Borderline cases are given a careful consideration by the editors. Voting characteristics and comments are taken into consideration while making decisions. Past awards a veterinarian has received and status in various academies can play a factor in our decision.

Once the decisions have been finalized, the included veterinarians are checked against state veterinarian boards for disciplinary actions and to make sure they have an active license and are in good standing with the board. Then letters of congratulations are sent to all the listed veterinarians.

Of course there are many fine veterinarians who are not included in this representative list. It is intended as a sampling of the great body of talent in the field of veterinary medicine in the United States. A veterinarian's inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow veterinarians. While it is true that the lists may at times disproportionately reward visibility or popularity, we remain confident that our polling methodology largely correct for any biases and that these lists continue to represent the most reliable, accurate, and useful list of veterinarians available anywhere.