September 5, 2018The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is pleased to announce a new publication, developed with the support of an educational grant from IDEXX: Promoting Preventive Care Protocols: Evidence, Enactment, and Economics .
June 20, 2018The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is proud to announce the 2018 recipients of the AAHA Awards for Proficiency in Primary Care.
Saint Francis Veterinary Center in Woolwich Township, New Jersey, is the 2019 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year. The staff of the practice surprised the founder, Mark Magazu, DVM, by applying for the award and keeping the nomination a secret until Connexity by AAHA in Indianapolis, Indiana. This article explores Magazu’s vision and the legacy he inspired, featuring interviews with two of his children, members of the staff, and a loyal client of more than 30 years.
- 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.