The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals, will hold the first annual AAHA- Accredited Hospital Day on July 22. AAHA has designated this day as an opportunity to educate pet owners about what accreditation means for their pets and to thank accredited hospitals for holding themselves to a higher standard. AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day will be held each year to celebrate champions for excellent veterinary care.

“AAHA-accredited hospitals go above and beyond, and the work they do to provide excellent care deserves recognition. We are eager to celebrate these champions for excellent care with our first AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day,” said Kate Wessels, senior communications manager for AAHA.

The mission of AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day is to highlight the exceptional care provided by AAHA-accredited hospitals and to educate pet owners about the value of accreditation. Only 12–15 percent of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are AAHA-accredited.

“Our hospital is proud of our prestigious status, and we are excited about the opportunity to talk to our clients and community about what accreditation means and why an AAHA-accredited hospital is the right choice for their pets,” said Nancy Soares, VMD, AAHA president and owner of Macungie Animal Hospital. “Pets are our passion, and keeping them healthy is our top priority. We continually strive to deliver the highest standard of care for pets because they deserve nothing less.”

AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals are home to leading pet health care teams. AAHA has been recognizing veterinary hospitals for their commitment to maintaining high standards of care for more than 80 years. To be eligible for AAHA accreditation, hospitals must pass a 900-point evaluation that assesses safety protocols, equipment, veterinary knowledge, and other fundamental areas of pet health care.

To learn more about AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day, please visit aaha.org or find AAHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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