TO CREATE A list of the top veterinarians in the Seattle area and beyond, Seattle Met partnered with national survey company TopVets, which sent ballots to veterinarians listed with the Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association and other local veterinary societies in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, Pierce, Whatcom, Thurston, and Grant counties, asking, “If a client’s pet was in need of a general vet or specialist and you could not take the case, who would you refer them to?” Presented with the names of nearby practitioners and the opportunity to write in nominations, each veterinarian evaluated peers whose work she or he is familiar with based on years of experience, continuing education, manner with clients and their pets, use of new techniques and technologies, and of course physical results. Vets with the highest average ratings were screened for active licenses and good standing with the Washington State Department of Health before being selected for the final list. Of course there are many fine vets 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 vet’s inclusion on our list is based on the subjective judgments of his or her fellow professionals. Our vets self-reported whether their animal hospitals or clinics provide boarding services or alternative pet care (e.g., acupuncture), and whether they are equipped for surgery on site. More information about TopVets’ survey process can be found at usatopvets.com.