AAHA's Culture Initiative

What happened to the veterinary dream?

Countless children have dreamt of growing up to work with animals. But what happens when that dream becomes a reality and you realize that being a veterinary professional isn’t as dreamy as you once thought?

As a veterinary professional, you or your team might be:

  • Facing crushing student loan debt and a starting salary that barely pays the bills
  • Experiencing pet owners who only bring their pets to you when they’re really sick, get angry about the cost of your recommendations, blame you because they can’t afford to pay for the care, and then publicly shame you online
  • Working long hours with few breaks and not leaving enough time to take proper care of yourself
  • Dealing with severe compassion fatigue or psychological distress

It’s no secret that wellbeing issues plague the veterinary profession. That’s why AAHA created the Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative.


Healthy culture, happy team

The AAHA Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative helps veterinary teams create work environments that foster overall wellbeing through three main components:

  1. AAHA Culture Connection
  2. Aspire
  3. Resources

Through this initiative, you can find resources that promote wellbeing in your practice, help you build a healthy practice culture and a fully engaged team, learn about your practice’s culture and identify areas for improvement, and much more!

AAHA-accredited practices: Schedule an appointment with your AAHA practice consultant for a review of wellbeing issues specific to the profession. You'll also receive recommendations on how to get started on improving your practice culture. This opportunity includes lunch!

Email [email protected] for more information and scheduling.

Start here

The benefits of a healthy practice culture

  • Decreased employee turnover
  • Engaged team members
  • Increased employee satisfaction
  • Increased staff productivity
  • Improved patient care and client satisfaction
  • Improved engagement, processes, and communication
  • Improved individual wellbeing
  • Improved practice reputation

AAHA Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative

Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative

Want to know why a healthy practice culture matters?

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AAHA Culture Connection

Interested in learning about the key pain points in your practice's culture?

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Ready to build a healthy practice culture and a fully engaged team?

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Looking for resources that promote wellbeing in your practice?

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AAHA's Healthy Workplace Culture Initiative is supported through a generous educational grant from Merck Animal Health.