Showcase Your Success with AAHA Awards

As an accredited practice or as a veterinary technician, you can be recognized for your accomplishments with an AAHA award.

Staff photo of Upper Arlington Veterinary Hospital.

2024 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award

The AAHA-accredited Practice of the Year Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of accredited practice teams. AAHA is proud to honor these practices for their contributions to the field of companion-animal medicine.

The online application process is now easier than ever. Finalists are featured in Trends® magazine, honored at AAHA’s annual conference AAHA Con, and more!

 The AAHA-accredited Practice of Year Awards are generously supported by Zoetis.

Nomination and Application Process

Beginning 2024, APOY candidates must be nominated by a practice consultant, board member, or member of AAHA staff. Should a nominee wish to accept their nomination, they will be required to submit a nomination application by May 1, 2024. Finalists will be notified in mid-June.

Eligibility

Practices are eligible to be nominated if they are AAHA-accredited or AAHA-accredited referral practices that have been in business at least two years prior to application and have been reaccredited during the timeframe of April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024.

  • A practice must have completed at least two evaluation cycles. This means newly accredited practices (with only an initial evaluation completed) are not eligible until they follow their second evaluation with AAHA.
  • Entire Referral practices are not eligible for APOY; rather, the individual specialties are eligible to apply.

Be Recognized for Your Expertise with the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award

Veterinary technicians are at the heart of any veterinary practice and deserve to be recognized and celebrated! The American Animal Hospital Association Veterinary Technician of the Year award recognizes the outstanding achievements of accredited, experienced veterinary technicians.

This award was made possible by the generous support of Zoetis.

Criteria, Submission Requirements and Process

Eligibility

Open to credentialed veterinary technicians from any veterinary practice who have worked at least ninety (90) days with the veterinary practice submitting the nomination, and who are currently working for that practice. Veterinary technicians who receive an award are not eligible in the following year.

Criteria 

Part 1: Finalists have been selected! You will receive a notification on how to complete Part 2.
Part 2: The 2024 Winner has been selected

Deadline and Process

Part one materials by nominator due: check back for date
Part two materials by finalist due: check back for date
Application fee: None

Prizes and Recognition

Finalists

  • Cash prize of $250
  • Commemorative plaque announcing your achievement
  • Discount on attendee registration to AAHA Con
  • Individual AAHA membership (if the finalist is not from an AAHA-accredited practice) for one year
  • 15% discount on any merchandise or publication in the AAHA publications store for 12 months following designation as a finalist
  • An article in an AAHA publication and mentions on the AAHA website and social media

Winner

  • Total cash prize of $750
  • A trophy will be awarded in lieu of a plaque
  • A complimentary registration to AAHA Con
  • Individual AAHA membership (if the winner is not from an AAHA-accredited practice) for one year
  • 15% discount on any merchandise or publication in the AAHA publications store for 12 months following designation as a winner
  • An article in an AAHA publication and mentions on the AAHA website and social media
  • Special lapel pin to wear at your veterinary practice
Finalist and Award Announcements

Finalists will be notified (without indication of award placement) by September 15. Finalists and winners will be featured on the AAHA website and social media.

Copyright Release

NOTE: AAHA plans to showcase the winning technicians’ applications (confidential information excluded). In addition, AAHA would be proud to include some of the ideas, quotes, pictures, etc. that were provided with your application in future promotional materials. However, we must have your permission before displaying or using anything belonging to you.

I grant to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), its representatives, and employees the right to use materials from our submission for the AAHA Veterinary Technician of the Year Awards. I authorize AAHA, its assigns, and transferees to copyright and publish the materials in print and/or electronically. This includes pictures and information submitted for the award. It does not include any confidential information, such as nominee contact information or continuing education.

I agree that AAHA may use such materials for any lawful purpose, including, for example, in social media, member communications, advertising, or on the AAHA website.

I hereby certify that all information contained in this Application is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that as of the date hereof, all veterinarians in the practice have a license in good standing with the applicable state/provincial veterinary licensing board. I hereby certify that no state, provincial, or other applicable governmental agency, or client, has taken any adverse action against the Practice or any employee employed by the Practice in the 10 years preceding the date hereof. I have read and understand the above and have the authority to sign on behalf of my practice.

We Applaud AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Winners 

Accredited (traditional)

Accredited (referral)

2022

First place

Lafayette Veterinary Care Center
Lafayette, Louisiana

2021

First place

ZimmVet
Zimmerman, Minnesota

2020

First place

Manheim Pike Veterinary Hospital
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Finalists Loyal Companions Animal Hospital
St. Charles, Illinois
Tender Care Veterinary Center
Falcon, Colorado
Idaho Veterinary Hospital
Nampa, Idaho
Madison Veterinary Specialists
Madison, Wisconsin

2019

First place

Saint Francis Veterinary Center
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
Pet Specialists of Monterey
Del Ray Oaks, California
Finalists Canobie Lake Veterinary Hospital
Windham, New Hampshire
Ralston Veterinary Clinic
Omaha, Nebraska
Veterinary Center of Parker
Parker, Colorado

2018

First place

Country Hills Pet Hospital
Eden, Wisconsin
Finalists Frey Pet Hospital
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Moorpark Veterinary Hospital
Moorpark, California
Princeton Animal Hospital & Carnegie Cat Clinic
Princeton, New Jersey

2017

First place Loving Family Animal Hospital
Aurora, Colorado
Finalists Animal Medical Center of the Village
Houston, Texas

2016

First place Pembroke Animal Hospital
Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers
for Pets

Fairfax, Ohio
Finalists Country Hills Pet Hospital
Eden, Wisconsin
Metropolitan Veterinary Associates
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Moorpark Veterinary Hospital
Moorpark, California
Valley Cottage Animal Hospital
Valley Cottage, New York

2015

First place North Royalton Animal Hospital
North Royalton, Ohio
Coral Springs Animal Hospital
Coral Springs, Florida
Finalists Cleveland Park East Animal Hospital
Simpsonville, South Carolina
San Juan Veterinary Hospital
Farmington, New Mexico
True Veterinary Care
Verona, Wisconsin

2014

First place Prescott Animal Hospital
Prescott, Arizona
MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets
Worthington, Ohio
Second place New Frontier Animal Medical Center
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Third place Kew Beach Veterinary Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Finalist Jefferson Animal Hospital
Louisville, Kentucky
Saint Francis Veterinary Center
Woolwich Township, New Jersey

2013

First place Macungie Animal Hospital
Macungie, Pennsylvania
NorthStar VETS
Robbinsville, New Jersey
Second place Gardner Animal Care Center
Gardner, Massachusetts
Third place Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
Greenville, South Carolina
Finalist Markham Veterinary Clinic
Markham, Ontario, Canada

2012

First place Wellington Veterinary Clinic
Wellington, Colorado
Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
Richmond, Virginia
Second place Swedesboro Animal Hospital/Tri-State Animal Emergency Center
Woolwich Township, New Jersey
Third place Cat’s Corner Veterinary Hospital LLC
Southbury, Connecticut
Finalists Animal Hospital of Nashua
Nashua, New Hampshire
Austinburg Veterinary Clinic
Austinburg, Ohio
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

2011

First place Norwalk Veterinary Medical Center
Norwalk, Ohio
Upstate Veterinary Specialists
Greenville, South Carolina
Second place Olathe Animal Hospital
Olathe, Kansas
Third place P.A.W.S. Integrative Veterinary Center
Tucson, Arizona
Finalists Animal Care Clinic
San Luis Obispo, California
Coal Creek Veterinary Hospital
Centennial, Colorado

2010

First place Countryside Veterinary Hospital
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Second place Bayview Animal Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Third place Animal Medical and Surgical Center
Scottsdale, Arizona

Finalists

Animal Medical Hospital
Charlotte, North Carolina
Blue Springs Animal Hospital & Pet Resort
Blue Springs, Missouri
Golden Triangle Animal Hospital
Southlake, Texas
Paradise Pet Hospital
Las Vegas, Nevada
Windsor Veterinary Clinic PC
Windsor, Colorado
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