Credly BADGES: The sign of an AAHA-Accredited Veterinary Practice​


AAHA has partnered with Credly to offer members digital badges recognizing and verifying accreditation as well as completion of AAHA certificate programs. 

If a veterinary practice is following AAHA standards, you know they are laser-focused on delivering the best patient care to companion animals. And when pet owners see the Credly badge (to the left) on your website, they can rest assured they're at an AAHA-accredited hospital.

Credly provides you with the tools necessary to communicate your AAHA accreditation digitally  on your website, email signatures, social media, and more. Members will be phased in and will receive an email from Credly through the November 30, 2022.

Accreditation helps practices... and pet owners

Learn about how AAHA accreditation helps pet owners here, or the veterinary practices here.

Accreditation is voluntary

Veterinary practices and hospitals who are AAHA-accredited have voluntarily agreed to adhere to the highest standards of excellence in the profession. AAHA Standards are developed by experts in the field and are updated regularly to help vets and their teams stay on top of the latest medicine and manage their practices well.

What does the accreditation badge signify?

An AAHA accreditation signifies that a veterinary practice has met or exceeded stringent quality standards, published by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine, from pain management to medical record-keeping, and has committed to a path of continuous improvement.

AAHA's standards are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession. Earners pledge to maintain these standards by demonstrating that they meet the current standards every three years.

AAHA standards cover these areas:

  • Anesthesia
  • Client service
  • Contagious disease
  • Continuing education
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Emergency & critical care
  • Examination facilities
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Human resources
  • Internships
  • Laboratory
  • Leadership
  • Medical records
  • Mentorship
  • Pain management
  • Patient care
  • Pharmacy
  • Referral standards
  • Safety
  • Surgery

The Credly badge is how pet owners and peers will know your practice is AAHA-accredited!

Post your badge on your…

  • Practice website
  • Practice social media accounts
  • Practice blog
  • Press releases

The digital badge contains verified metadata that describes your AAHA accreditation achievement, and links to a page that provides information to pet owners or to other veterinarians about your accomplishment.

How to claim and manage your badge

AAHA is rolling out Credly badges to the full accredited member base between September 30 and November 30, 2022. What happens next?

  • You’ll receive an email from Credly inviting you to accept your badge.
  • Click the button in the email.
  • Create and confirm your Credly account.
  • Accept your badge and start sharing! We encourage you to put your Credly badge on your website, email signature, and social media accounts, to start!

Click here for a quick video overview of how to claim and manage your badge.