AAHA Accredited – What does that mean for you?

We posted on our Facebook page, that we had passed our AAHA re-certification evaluation with a high recommendation to put in for Practice of the Year.   We are very proud of this accomplishment, but what does that mean for you, our client or prospective client?  How is being AAHA certified relevant to the care your pet(s) receive?

To start off with, what is AAHA?

AAHA stands for American Animal Hospital Association.   Submitting to be AAHA accredited is voluntary.  AAHA’s mission is to: “Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals.  Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence.  Meet the public’s needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine”  in both the U.S. and Canada.

Their are 19 categories in which we are evaluated with over 900 standards.  Meeting and exceeding these standards means we are providing the highest level of care we possibly can and by continuing to be accredited and re-certified we are striving to constantly improve and stay on top of the changes in industry standards.

Here are a few examples of how AAHA’s standards impact you and your pet. (taken from AAHA’s HealthyPet.com site)

  • The standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
  • The standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of: anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.
  • Accredited hospitals have an onsite pharmacy (another standards area) so they can begin treatment immediately.
  • AAHA standards also require that medical records be thorough and complete which helps them to better understand your pet’s medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status

Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve.


Here is a graph of our evaluation scores (by %).  Shown are our scores from 2011 (when we were first accredited by AAHA) and 2013 (for our re-certification).  The green diamond indicates the minimum acceptable requirement in each category.

For more information on AAHA and what standards mean for you go to HealthyPet.com

We are dedicated to providing the best care possible to our patients and will continue to strive to improve every year.

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