Originally Posted by gayef
Honest answer: In the Richmond, Virginia and surrounding area, I was able to find only TWO vets willing to perform pediatric spay/neuter services for a breeder; one who hasn't done any since he "practiced on ferrets in vet school" and the other who has never done any but still wanted to charge me nearly $500 for it! So, I am supposed to take my little babies ... babies who were literally delivered into the palm of my hand and who are absolutely cherished in this household ... to someone who has very little or no experience and/or wants to overcharge me? I don't think so.
I even tried to contact the local low-cost spay/neuter clinic to see who they used and if he/she would be willing to work with a breeder. I am certain you can imagine ~that~ conversation! I stayed on the line putting up with the abuse for about 5 minutes before I politely thanked the woman for her time and hung up on her.
In my area, the jury is still out for many vets in private practice when it comes to pediatric spay/neuter. I think once it becomes more mainstream in all areas, the competancy level as well as the fees associated will both improve.