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AAHA is the only organization that accredits small-animal hospitals in the United States and Canada. Unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals are not required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 standards that go above and beyond basic state and provincial regulations. Accredited hospitals are recognized as being amongst the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of veterinary medicine.

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only exclusive companion-animal veterinary association, serving nearly 50,000 individual veterinary providers, including veterinarians, technicians, managers, client service specialists, and others. We are also the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the US and Canada. During the association’s 80 years, its mission has remained the same: provide veterinary professionals with resources to effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion-animal care. AAHA is the leader in developing benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, informative publications, and educational programs designed to help companion-animal practices thrive.

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“Accreditation is a way to force yourself to be the best you can be. Owners and employees of accredited hospitals constantly look to make things better.”

Bo Williamson, DVM,, Tennessee Avenue Hospital

Quick facts about AAHA

  • Founded by seven leaders of the veterinary profession in 1933, AAHA has been recognized for years as a leader for the veterinary industry and profession.
  • AAHA accredits small-animal hospitals throughout both the United States and Canada.
  • Unlike human hospitals, accreditation is not required for veterinary hospitals.
  • Nearly 60% of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not.
  • Requirements for accreditation often surpass those required by states. State regulations for veterinary hospitals vary widely—some state examiners will never inspect a veterinary practice unless a complaint is filed.
  • Veterinary practices that choose to be AAHA accredited are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 standards of care.
  • There are more than 4,500 AAHA-accredited hospitals in the United States and Canada.
  • AAHA also accredits veterinary practices within animal shelters and humane societies. As of 2015, there were 18 accredited humane societies.
  • In addition to accrediting companion-animal hospitals, AAHA also develops veterinary guidelines and position statements, publishes educational resources, and offers world-class continuing education for veterinary professionals.
  • AAHA is committed to helping lost pets get back to their owners. The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool helps pet owners and shelters determine which microchip company a chip is registered with.
  • Pet owners can find an accredited veterinary practice by looking for the red AAHA logo, and by searching AAHA’s hospital search tool online.