September 18, 2020In an effort to help veterinary practitioners elevate end-of-life care for companion animals, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) will now offer an End-of-Life Care accreditation option for veterinary practices that focus on providing this type of care.
September 1, 2020
American Animal Hospital Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners Release New Feline Vaccination GuidelinesThe American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) convened a panel of experts to update the 2013 AAFP Feline Vaccination Advisory Panel Report. The release of the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines provides updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations.
March 5, 2020
2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats provide framework to reduce anesthesia complications and keep pets safeLakewood, Colorado — Pet owners’ fears about anesthesia are nothing new to the veterinary profession, and with good reason. As the saying goes, “there are no safe anesthetic agents or procedures—only safe anesthetists.” Published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (JAAHA) , the 2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats provide tools to calm client fears and decrease unforeseen complications by outlining intentional routines to guide everyone—including the caregivers at home—to achieve the best possible outcome.
February 13, 2020Lakewood, Colorado—February 13, 2020 —AAHA announced today that current CEO Michael Cavanaugh , DVM, DABVP (C/F) Emeritus, will serve through the end of AAHA’s fiscal year, June 30, 2020, and then will move on to pursue other opportunities.
September 14, 2019With the successful close of the second Connexity conference, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) welcomed three new officers and two new directors to the AAHA Board of Directors.
- 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.
- End-of-Life Care accreditation provides opportunity to elevate the emotional and supportive care patients and clients receive.
- 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.