Ohio has become the second state in the U.S. to accept accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association in place of a state inspection by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board (OVMLB).

At the March 11, 2015 board meeting, OVMLB board members voted to deem AAHA-accredited veterinary facilities as having met the requirements of Ohio's compliance inspection. AAHA-accredited facilities will be exempt from random compliance inspections unless there is a written complaint filed with the board related to the conditions of the veterinary facility. 

"Our board's view is that Ohio veterinarians whose hospitals have achieved AAHA accreditation have met and exceeded Ohio's standards for their facilities. They exemplify 'good behavior' as veterinarians and business leaders in their communities," said Tim Kolb, DVM, president of the OVMLB. "Since AAHA conducts regular inspections to maintain the accreditation status, our board voted to exempt AAHA-accredited hospitals in Ohio from our routine compliance inspections, unless the Board receives a complaint necessitating an inspection. Our limited budget does not permit us to do compliance inspections on all Ohio veterinary facilities on as regular a basis as we would like. This will allow us to do more random compliance inspections on the veterinary hospitals that are not AAHA accredited."

Alabama was the first state in the U.S. to accept AAHA accreditation in lieu of a state inspection. Veterinary hospitals in Alabama are permitted to skip an inspection by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (ASBVME) if they have already passed an evaluation by AAHA.

This change benefits hospitals that are already AAHA accredited as well as enables OVMLB and ASBVME evaluators to make better use of their time. The OVMLB and ASBVME decisions reaffirm that AAHA's 900-plus standards set a high standard for how animal hospitals should be run. 

As of June 3, 107 veterinary hospitals in Ohio were exempt from inspection due to their accredited status. 

Thinking about becoming accredited? Visit aaha.org/why_aaha to find out more. 

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