Member types, benefits, and dues

The value of AAHA membership

As a veterinary professional, you need to do it all – practice the best medicine, hire and retain the best possible staff, and maintain a successful practice. It can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to tackle everything on your own. AAHA is here to help!

Membership in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) simplifies your journey towards veterinary excellence by providing the guidance, resources, connections, information, and tools you need to excel. These resources are grounded in AAHA standards and AAHA guidelines – developed by industry experts to set the bar for veterinary excellence.

There are two ways to join – though veterinary practices get the most value out of becoming AAHA-accredited to join as a practice rather than seeking individual membership. Nearly 5,000 practices across the U.S. and Canada representing 50,000+ veterinary team members enjoy member benefits today. Join them!

Veterians and their teams from AAHA-accredited practices list their top five member benefits as:

  • Clinical benefits of accreditation
  • Exclusive use of the AAHA Accredited logo
  • Team benefits of accreditation
  • Access to sample protocols
  • Early access to new guidelines and implementation tools

Individual (affiliate) members list their top five member benefits as:

  • Free subscription to Trends® magazine
  • Early access to new guidelines and implementation tools
  • Preferred pricing on books, products
  • Subscription to NEWStat® newsletter
  • Free subscription to online learning center

Download member benefits guide


Membership categories

Traditional accreditation

Full-service veterinary care facilities are evaluated on standards covering all aspects of veterinary medicine. A board-certified medical director is not required.

Referral accreditation

Individual accreditation for AVMA-recognized specialties; only evaluated on applicable standards. Medical director(s) must be board-certified in each specialty.

End-of-Life Care accreditation

Available to AAHA-accredited practices with a department dedicated to end-of-life care, or any practice solely dedicated to providing end-of-life care.

Individual membership

An excellent option if your practice is not in the position to become accredited or you are not currently with a practice.

Benefits overview

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Accredited members

Preaccredited members

Individual
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New associate members

Technician student members

Veterinary student members

Ongoing support from your dedicated accreditation specialist and practice consultant throughout the accreditation process and beyond

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Access to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, a resource to continually hold your practice to a higher standard

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Access to AAHA Standard Sample Protocols, a variety of templates to help ensure your practice is providing the best standard of care.

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A listing on the AAHA-Accredited Hospital Locator to help pet owners find your practice

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Early access to AAHA's newest guidelines, including implementation tools and webinars

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Peer-to-peer support through the online AAHA Community

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Exclusive use of the AAHA accredited logo

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Free marketing materials available in our online publicity toolbox

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Complimentary AAHA membership while you are in school

 

 

 

 

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Complimentary AAHA membership your first three years after veterinary school

 

 

 

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Exclusive discounts through AAHA Advantage®, a group purchasing program (U.S. only)

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Discounts on everything from after-hours triage services and client payment options to controlled substance management and practice finance programs through AAHA’s savings programs

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Discounted job postings and resume bank access through the AAHA Career Center

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Free CE, webinars, and courses through AAHA Learning

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Discounted pricing for AAHA’s annual conference, Connexity®

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Discounts on CE and training programs

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Subscription to Trends®, AAHA’s award-winning practice management magazine

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Subscription to JAAHA®, AAHA’s medical journal

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Free standard shipping on all AAHA books and products

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Free standard shipping on all other AAHA merchandise

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Free membership in the Human-Animal Bond Association

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Free subscription to AAHA Update, your accreditation newsletter

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It’s been a great benefit to us financially to be accredited. It attracts some of our clients who really do distinguish between different clinics, and it attracts wonderful staff members.

Sharon, Practice manager and owner

AAHA-accredited practice

International membership

We warmly invite veterinary professionals outside of the U.S. and Canada to become international members. International member benefits include:

  • Free CE through a subscription to AAHA Learning, AAHA’s online CE platform
  • Discounts on education events
  • Discounted registration to AAHA’s annual conference, Connexity®
  • A digital subscription to Trends®, AAHA’s award-winning practice management magazine
  • Free access to NEWStat®, AAHA's weekly e-newsletter covering industry trends and breaking news
  • Discounts on AAHA publications

International membership annual dues: $290

Membership dues

 

Accredited members

Preaccredited member fee

Affiliate
members

New associate members

Technician student members

Veterinary student members

Annual dues

$1,295
per practice or accredited university (includes all team members) (U.S.)

$1,035
per practice or accredited university (includes all team members) (Canada)

$675
for initial evaluation

 

Any one member of a veterinary practice may join as an individual member. If multiple practice employees are interested in receiving member benefits, the practice must join as an accredited practice.

Affiliate dues are as follows:

$295 (veterinarian)

$200 (practice manager)

$125 (credentialed technician, veterinary assistant, or support staff member)

$290 (international member)

$290 (industry member)

FREE for the first three years after graduating from veterinary school

FREE while you are in school

FREE while you are in school