WOW - I have never heard of a vet doing that! Given that a box of 100 needles costs about $12 it seems really unnecessary!
I don't know any vets there personally, but I can tell you what I tell friends of mine when they move to a new area:
I have worked in many different cities, and as a veterinarian, I always take my time choosing what clinic I want to work at when we move. There are clinics where I enjoy working (those that offer the very best in care and service) and those where I don't (those that offer the very cheapest in care and service - often at the expense of the animal's health).
That is not to say that the most expensive clinic is the best, XXXXX XXXXX that there are a wide range of "levels" of care. Some owners want everything that can be done - up to and including kidney transplants! Others want very basic care and cannot afford any extras.
So, if I were moving to a new city, the first thing I would do is to phone the local emergency and critical care veterinary hospitals.
I worked at the Vancouver Animal Emergency Clinic (which is a 24h critical care hospital) for 3 years. Animals that were too sick to be hospitalized in a clinic without 24h veterinary care would be sent to us... Along with their medical records.
So, we had a *very* good idea of what went on in those hospitals, and who was doing the best for their patients, and who was not. Ethically, we could not tell people to switch vets... but if someone called and said they were new to town and looking for a vet, we could certainly tell them which clinics to choose!
If you call a 24hour emergency/critical care clinic, it is best to do it around noon to early afternoon as that is when things are calmest (usually). Ask to speak to a vet. Or, better yet, show up with a box of cookies and ask to talk with a vet! ;-)
You could also look in your yellow pages for a local specialty clinic (meaning other vets refer patients there). They would know who is good and who is not.
Another option to consider would be http://www.vetratingz.com/index2.jsp
which is a website where people can rate their vet.
Keep in mind, you are getting the opinion of a lay person (whereas when you phone the Emerg clinic you are getting the opinion of one vet about another vet) but when I have read them for areas I have worked, they are fairly reliable.
Another option would be to phone the veterinary colllege serving Arkansas to ask them. I believe for you it is the Mississippi State University college of veterinarians. Here is their website http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/index.html. Now, you can't really say "who is good?" because that is hard for them to answer, ethically. But you can say "who refers a lot of cases to you?" because that is going to be who is good! Vets who work things up and refer them are learning so much from the vet school's specialists, and are not just trying to make money by keeping the challenging cases and muddling along even if they don't know what they are doing. Hope that helps and that you find an excellent vet to help you! Most emergency and critical care hospitals offer top notch care, so that might be the place to start tonight!
YOu do NOT need to click accept again even though the system will prompt you to do so!
The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would strongly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
Good luck with your search!