If you have visited us with your best four-legged friend, you probably have seen our AAHA accreditation mentioned either in the office. You may have also wondered what being an AAHA accredited vet means, or why it is important to you and your pet.
Because we want the best life possible for our pet patients (and their humans!), we want to take the time to explain what this designation means and how it enhances the level of care our patients receive.
What is AAHA?
AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. Founded in 1933, AAHA is professional organization that oversees and offers accreditation to veterinary hospitals that prove excellence on all levels of pet care.
Animal hospitals that seek this accreditation do so voluntarily, and must illustrate their professionalism, skill, expertise, and commitment to meeting the highest standard of care. Each clinic must pass a rigorous series of protocols, checklists, and criteria (900, in fact), some of which include:
- Patient handling and care
- Surgical abilities and anesthesia
- Facilities and diagnostic equipment
- Cleanliness and customer service
- Emergeny services and critical care
- Management of contagious diseases
- Laboratory and pharmacy
- Medical records
- Continuing education
Because this is such an intensive process of review, only 12-15% of animal hospitals in North America receive this esteemed status.
What an AAHA Accredited Vet Means for You
One of the primary benefits for our pet owner clients is that they can feel confident that we are always striving for the ‘gold standard’ of veterinary medicine. Ongoing reviews ensure that we are continuing to progress, offering the latest in veterinary diagnostics and treatments, and improving our skills and knowledge through ongoing education.
This process also allows us to be impartially reviewed, so we can learn more about how to improve our practice and better care for our patients. With an emphasis on customer service, we’re also dedicated to empowering clients with the tools, education, and understanding of how to provide exemplary at-home care.
When you choose an AAHA accredited veterinary practice, you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands. We are proud to be AAHA accredited and look forward to taking excellent care of your beloved animal friends for years to come.