AAHA Guidelines

Developed by independent experts in the profession, the guidelines offer information and easy-to-use algorithms and calculators to assist in clinical diagnosis and treatment of common and less common conditions in dogs and cats.


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AAHA guidelines help you face the demands of a continually shifting industry. Our guidelines empower veterinary professionals to:

  • Create personalized medical plans for your patients to meet the needs of diverse populations and provide the best possible care
  • Optimize veterinary teams to deliver top-notch patient care and client satisfaction
  • Improve communications with pet parents

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All Guidelines

Simplify your path to excellence with the AAHA Guidelines!

2024 AAHA Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
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2024 AAHA Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Fluid therapy is a mainstay of veterinary practice, from prescribing subcutaneous fluids for the feline kidney disease patient, to supporting the dehydrated parvovirus-positive pup, to treating the Addisonian dog in crisis, to administering fluids during anesthesia. Determining which type of fluids to select, how much to administer, and for how long can be like navigating through choppy waters.

2023 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines

2023 AAHA Mentoring Guidelines

Effective mentoring is key to attracting and retaining veterinary professionals, and you can set your practice apart by making mentorship part of your culture.

2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
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2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common disease encountered in canine and feline medicine. The 2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats revise and update earlier guidelines published in 2010.

Guidelines Calculators and Tools

Veterinary Practice Biosecurity Tracker
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2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines

Veterinary Practice Biosecurity Tracker

As the saying goes, “we treasure what we measure.” By using this simple tracker, your team will be able to measure your progress towards optimal infection disease control in your hospital by tracking which tactics you have fully, partially or not yet implemented.