AAHA accreditation: The difference between ordinary and extraordinary

AAHA-accredited practices are at the heart of better care for pets and their people.

An AAHA accreditation signifies that your veterinary practice has met or exceeded stringent standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine, from pain management to medical record-keeping, and has committed to a path of continuous improvement.

Accreditation is voluntary

Unlike the human health world, accreditation of animal hospitals is voluntary. So why have nearly 5,000 practices representing 50,000 veterinary team members joined AAHA as an accredited practice, willingly striving to meet a higher standard of care?

It’s simple: they want to be the best for their patients.

AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Today, only about 15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.

An AAHA accreditation is a strong indication that a veterinary practice delivers quality medicine – which positively impacts your clients, patients, and team and raises the bar for the entire veterinary profession.

Accreditation delivers real business results

Compared to non-accredited practices, AAHA-accredited practices have:

  • fewer lapsed patients*,
  • more new customers per year*,
  • clients who choose more care*,
  • higher customer loyalty and retention*,
  • better staff utilization** and
  • more annual revenue**.

The accreditation process also builds a positive, strong employee culture focused on quality patient care.

This is even more critical today. With rapid and high turnover prevalent across the profession, as an AAHA-accredited practice you can rest assured that you’re following credible, trusted veterinary standards - every time - and have written protocols so that training your team is simpler.

*Commissioned Practice Analysis Report | VetSuccess, 2019
**Financial and Productivity Pulsepoints, 10th Edition | AAHA Press.


Why AAHA accreditation?

"If we understood how much we get out of the accreditation process as opposed to what it takes us to become accredited, we'd [go through the accreditation process] every month."  

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"It’s been a great benefit to us 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


I choose AAHA...

... "because our pets can't tell us that they deserve the best."

... "to make my practice better for my patients and my team."

... "in order to be part of making a difference for our profession."

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