Organizational Membership

Membership in the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) simplifies your journey towards veterinary excellence. More than 4,500 practices representing 50,000 veterinary team members across the U.S. and Canada have made the decision not just to join AAHA, but to become AAHA-accredited members.

Accreditation is an acknowledgement of a specific achievement. AAHA accreditation is a voluntary commitment that signifies that your veterinary practice has met or exceeded stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine, from pain management to medical record-keeping, and has committed to a path of continuous improvement.

Choose from four types of organizational membership, optional add-on accreditations, or join as an individual if your practice is not ready to achieve accreditation. Get started today by completing our member agreement and paying the initial accreditation fee. Your AAHA member benefits are immediately available while you prepare to achieve accreditation. 

Traditional Accreditation

General practices can join AAHA as an accredited member by voluntarily striving to meet a higher standard of care for your patients. Practices agree to meet or exceed AAHA standards and complete seven steps to achieve their accreditation, which typically takes three to six months. You do not need a board-certified medical director to achieve accreditation.

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Specialty/Referral Practices

Designed for AVMA-recognized specialty practices. Practices agree to meet or exceed AAHA standards and complete seven steps to achieve their accreditation, which typically takes three to six months. Practices must have a board-certified specialist on staff in each  of the accredited specialty accreditations being sought, in addition to meeting the requirements for traditional accreditation. 

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General Practices: Cohort Accreditation (AAHA Amplify)

General practices, whether independently owned or part of a corporate practice group, may elect to join an open cohort to complete accreditation as a group. The Amplify curriculum is led by an experienced AAHA faciliator who leads groups of 5-12 practices through the steps to achieve accreditation together. 

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End-of-Life Care (EOLC) Accreditation

Open to practices solely dedicated to end-of-life care as well as AAHA-accredited traditional practices with a dedicated department providing EOLC services. Accredited end-of-life care practices agree to follow applicable AAHA standards, which are based on AAHA’s End-of-Life Care Guidelines

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Supplemental Accreditations: Internships and Mentorships

Attract great staff by offering internships accredited by AAHA. Create more confident and knowledgeable associates by offering an AAHA-accredited mentorship program. Choose these supplemental accreditations when you begin your member application or add at any time, There is no additional fee for these accreditations.

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Joining as an individual. If your practice is not yet ready to become accredited, any team member can join as an individual. Member benefits for individuals include education, valuable resources and tools, and publications. The individual membership type is also appropriate for students, mobile veterinarians, relief veterinarians, and retirees.

Joining as an industry partner. Companies may join AAHA as sponsors, advertisers, and providers of business services. Learn more here.