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About our accreditation

Does your veterinary hospital have the AAHA-accredited logo?

We accredit veterinary hospitals! Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Veterinary hospitals are evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Our Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep our accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. Our standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years.

Learn more about our standards and accreditation, and how they impact the health of your pet.

Hospital Feedback The practice of veterinary medicine is regulated by separate state or provincial licensing/regulatory agencies and no two state and/or provincial laws regulating the practice of veterinary medicine are exactly alike. AAHA has no regulatory standing; it is unable to take disciplinary action against a ... Read More What are accredited referral hospitals? Just like human medicine, veterinary medicine is always evolving. There is a broad range of advanced treatment options available to pets, and medical equipment is becoming more sophisticated. If your pet is facing a serious or complex health problem, your AAHA-accredited hospital’s team may refer ... Read More AAHA standards prevent spread of disease During cold and flu season, we wash our hands often and try to avoid contact with people who are sick. Our pets can get contagious diseases too. What do veterinary hospitals do to prevent the spread of contagious diseases? Here’s one typical scenario. When Boots the cat was sneezing and had ... Read More How to choose the right veterinarian Need a new veterinarian and don’t know where to look? Do you have an exotic pet that needs special care? Or maybe you’ve just adopted a special breed of dog or cat that you’re unsure about? How can you be sure your pet will receive the highest quality of care? Whether you’re ... Read More AAHA standards require anesthesia monitoring equipment The ability to trust your veterinarians is important, especially when pets need anesthesia, drugs that numb the senses so that pets do not feel pain during procedures. Anesthesia is necessary but it can pose health risks, which is why AAHA requires accredited clinics to use monitoring equipment. “Things ... Read More AAHA standards help your pet receive quality surgical care Veterinary medicine has advanced quickly, and the range of treatment options is not only broader but safer than ever before. Even so, finding out your pet needs surgery can be frig ... Read More AAHA standards require preparation for emergencies AAHA-accredited hospitals are required to have emergency equipment and drugs readily available, stocked at all times, and in a portable container for those unscheduled emergencies that come through their doors. This helps ensure that team members are not running around the hospital trying to find items ... Read More AAHA standards strive to keep pets safe during dental procedures Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care; however, it is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. Diseases of the oral cavity, if left untreated, are often painful and can lead to more serious health problems including heart, lung and ... Read More How the accreditation evaluation works In the United States, all hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body, that is, they must undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet s ... Read More AAHA standards recommend continuing education Did you know that the AAHA Standards of Accreditation recommend veterinary practice teams have more hours of continuing education than many state veterinary medical boards require?  Most, but not all, state v ... Read More

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