A directory of vets is precisely the thing that every pet owner should have handy. A vet directory can give you addresses, hours of operation and phone numbers of several veterinary clinics located within several miles of home.
A veterinarian directory can be found in several places. You can be old fashioned and search the Yellow Pages in the Vs. One of the easiest ways to find that directory of veterinarians is to search for vets and your zip code online. The results will spit out an extensive directory of vets all around you, and even provide a link to the sites of each clinic. Or, if you do find a clinic nearby, there is a chance that they will have a list of the other vets in the area. One of the nice things about vets is they do not seem to be concerned about competition, they care more that your pet is well tended to, and if that means sending you to an office that is closer to your house or has hours more convenient to your schedule or has a hamster hip replacement specialist, then so be it.
It is a good idea to always have that vets directory in a convenient place, just in case. It is nice to have the option of choosing a different vet if you do not like your current one.