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Our accreditation

Does your veterinary hospital have the AAHA-accredited logo?

We accredit veterinary hospitals! Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Veterinary hospitals are evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Our Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep our accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. Our standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years.

What makes a veterinary hospital AAHA accredited?

Learn more about our standards and accreditation, and how they impact the health of your pet.

What can an AAHA hospital do for you? Luckily for your pet, AAHA has developed over 900 standards of veterinary excellence that hospitals are evaluated on as a part of the voluntary AAHA accreditation process. What will you find at an AAHA ... Read More What Are Accredited Referral Hospitals? Just like human medicine, veterinary medicine is always evolving. There is a broad range of advanced treatment options available to pets, and medical equipment is becoming more sophisticated. If your ... Read More How to choose the right veterinarian Whether you’re moving to another state, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here’s everything you need to know about finding a veterinarian that’s right for you. ... Read More AAHA standards prevent spread of disease During cold and flu season, we wash our hands often and try to avoid contact with people who are sick. Our pets can get contagious diseases too. What do veterinary hospitals do to prevent the spread of ... Read More AAHA standards require anesthesia monitoring equipment The ability to trust your veterinarians is important, especially when pets need anesthesia, drugs that numb the senses so that pets do not feel pain during procedures. Anesthesia is necessary but it ... Read More AAHA standards help your pet receive quality surgical care Veterinary medicine has advanced quickly, and the range of treatment options is ... Read More AAHA standards require preparation for emergencies AAHA-accredited hospitals are required to have emergency equipment and drugs readily available, stocked at all times, and in a portable container for those unscheduled emergencies that come through their ... Read More AAHA standards strive to keep pets safe during dental procedures Dental care of dogs and cats is one of the most commonly overlooked areas of pet health care; however, it is necessary to provide optimum health and quality of life. Diseases of the oral cavity, if left ... Read More How the accreditation evaluation works In the United States, all hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an a ... Read More AAHA standards recommend continuing education Did you know that the AAHA Standards of Accreditation recommend veterinary practice teams have more hours of continuing education ... Read More

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