First things first, here are some things you need to know...
There are no guidelines on veterinary fees for veterinary clinics. Any such guidelines would be in contravention of the Competition Act of Singapore, Section 34(2) (a). However, clinics display their fees and charges for routine procedures and services, so pet owners are free to compare prices and fees and choose their preferred veterinary practice.
Unlike human medical practice, there are no public hospitals, nor university veterinary school with specialists in Singapore. Veterinary surgeons in private practice here need to provide all medical, surgical, hospitalisation services and facilities for their patients, for more than is typically required of medical doctors or dentists in similar circumstances. Providing these facilities contributes to business overheads and hence to the fees charged for veterinary services.
At the time of consultation, your veterinary surgeon will discuss with you not only the diagnosis and prognosis, but also treatment options and estimated costs of any further treatment. Do note that actual fees and estimated fees may vary due to the nature of the medical condition and any further progression of the condition or related complications. You should regularly check with your veterinary surgeon on the estimated charges during the course of treatment. You can also ask your veterinary surgeon to provide itemised invoices.
The SVA advises that you initially discuss any problems with your veterinary surgeon directly. If the issue cannot be resolved, you may refer your concerns to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), which regulates veterinary affairs in Singapore.
SVA is unable to offer veterinary advice on individual cases, nor recommend any specific veterinary surgeons or practices to members of the public.
Losing your pet is a very harrowing experience. In order to have the best chance of recovering your pet, we suggest that you:
Veterinary surgeons are under no obligation to put up lost and found posters, and most clinics get many, many requests - usually every day & usually by email - to print out & display posters of lost pets.
SVA recommends to its members that they display lost and found posters of animals only: