The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only accrediting organization for companion animal veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada.
Veterinary practices are not required to be AAHA-accredited, however a hospital can choose to become so if they wish to hold themselves to a public, higher standard. Hospital locations that choose to become AAHA-accredited are evaluated during a rigorous and thorough examination based on approximately 900 standards across their practice. These quality standards include, but are not limited to, patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, anesthesia, contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, examination facilities, medical recordkeeping, leadership, team training and more. Every three years, the AAHA undergoes a comprehensive on-site evaluation to maintain a location’s accredited status.
Our hospital is American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited. AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices throughout North America. Practices that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of pet care – ranging from patient care and pain management, to team training and medical record-keeping. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation are continuously updated to keep accredited practices at the forefront of veterinary medicine and advanced business practices. Approximately 15% of veterinary practices in North America hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation. Accreditation through AAHA helps veterinary practices operate at a high level and enhances their ability to provide excellent patient care.
An AAHA-accredited veterinary practice gives the customer a peace of mind and the confidence that their pet will be taken care of with the highest standards possible. AAHA accreditation enhances patient care and improves practice culture, while also providing the imperative resources that practices need to succeed.
In order to become AAHA-accredited, a veterinary practice will need to successfully meet and pass the evaluation established by the AAHA Board of Directors. Locations will then need to maintain continuous compliance with the AAHA standards. For more information visit https://www.aaha.org/.