What is AAHA and what does it mean to be accredited?
AAHA, which stands for the American Animal Hospital Association, is "the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals. The hospitals accredited by AAHA are held to a higher set of standards to earn the accreditation. The number one priority of AAHA hospitals is keeping pets healthy and they strive to achieve this with excellent care.
What standards is a hospital looked at for to accredit them?
From the AAHA website: "To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care. The Association also develops other publications and educational programs and resources designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive. The AAHA membership philosophy is team-focused, allowing every hospital staff member, from veterinarians to receptionists, to benefit from AAHA’s resources through one group membership. Today, over 3,700 practice teams (12-15 % of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada) are AAHA accredited." 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
What does it mean for you and your pet that we are an AAHA accredited hospital?
In human medicine, hospitals need to have some sort of accreditation. In the veterinary world, not all animal hospitals are required to have the AAHA accreditation. For you and your pet, when your veterinary hospital is accredited, "it means your hospital holds itself to a higher standard, and that your pet is receiving care at a hospital that has passed the highest standards in veterinary care."
To find out more about AAHA and their standards and guidelines please click on the logo below to visit their website.