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End-of-Life Care accreditation

Now available: a new AAHA accreditation model

It’s no secret that today’s pet owners increasingly view their pets as family. Forty-percent of surveyed owners said they would likely not return to a veterinary hospital where they had an unsatisfactory pet euthanasia experience.

That’s why AAHA developed a new accreditation model called End-of-Life Care accreditation.

AAHA’s new End-of-Life Care accreditation will help veterinary practices elevate these services so patients and clients receive appropriate supportive and emotional care, further enhancing and strengthening the human-animal bond.

How were the End-of-Life Care accreditation standards developed?

A task force consisting of AAHA’s Member Experience team and subject matter experts was created to establish the standards for this accreditation model. Led by Kathleen Cooney, DVM, MS, CHPV, CCFP, founder of Home to Heaven, and director of education for the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy, the task force reviewed current traditional accreditation standards, and, when differences were noted between general practice standards and end-of-life care, new standards were created to reflect those differences. Additional standards reflecting unique methods of support and service related to end-of-life care were also added.

Many of the standards developed by the task force are based on the 2016 AAHA/IAAHPC End-of-Life Care Guidelines; Dr. Cooney contributed to those guidelines as well.

Who is eligible for End-of-Life Care accreditation?

  • Standalone practices—brick-and-mortar and/or mobile—whose services are limited to end-of-life care
  • Current AAHA-accredited practices that want to add an end-of-life care practice—brick-and-mortar and/or mobile

Practices that are not AAHA-accredited and are not standalone end-of-life care practices are not eligible for AAHA’s End-of-Life Care accreditation at this time.

How can a practice become End-of-Life Care accredited?

  1. Contact [email protected] for access to the End-of-Life Care standards; members of AAHA-accredited practices can download the pdf below.
  2. Apply by completing an End-of-Life Care accreditation agreement and paying the initial evaluation fee.
  3. Begin preparing for your initial evaluation. Your accreditation specialist will follow up to schedule an evaluation date.

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