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Quick facts about AAHA

  • Founded by seven leaders of the veterinary profession in 1933, AAHA has been recognized for years as a leader for the veterinary industry and profession.
  • AAHA accredits small-animal hospitals throughout both the United States and Canada.
  • Unlike human hospitals, accreditation is not required for veterinary hospitals.
  • Nearly 60% of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not.
  • Requirements for accreditation often surpass those required by states. State regulations for veterinary hospitals vary widely—some state examiners will never inspect a veterinary practice unless a complaint is filed.
  • Veterinary practices that choose to be AAHA accredited are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 standards of care.
  • There are more than 4,500 AAHA-accredited hospitals in the United States and Canada.
  • End-of-Life Care accreditation provides opportunity to elevate the emotional and supportive care patients and clients receive.
  • AAHA also accredits veterinary practices within animal shelters and humane societies. As of 2015, there were 18 accredited humane societies.
  • In addition to accrediting companion-animal hospitals, AAHA also develops veterinary guidelines and position statements, publishes educational resources, and offers world-class continuing education for veterinary professionals.
  • AAHA is committed to helping lost pets get back to their owners. The AAHA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup tool helps pet owners and shelters determine which microchip company a chip is registered with.
  • Pet owners can find an accredited veterinary practice by looking for the red AAHA logo, and by searching AAHA’s hospital search tool online.