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About AAHA

The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals. Our accredited hospitals hold themselves to a higher standard. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Why? Because pets deserve nothing less.

The standard of veterinary excellence

Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only companion animal exclusive veterinary association. AAHA is best known for its accreditation of companion animal practices. To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care.

The Association also develops other publications and educational programs and resources designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive. The AAHA membership philosophy is team-focused, allowing every hospital staff member, from veterinarians to receptionists, to benefit from AAHA’s resources through one group membership. Today, over 3,700 practice teams (12-15 % of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada) are AAHA accredited. AAHA is a founding member of Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) and is a member of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Steering Committee

Read more AAHA history.

Our mission

• Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
• Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
• Meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine

Our vision

We seek to lead the profession in the provision of the highest quality of care for companion animals by improving standards of care, championing accreditation, and supporting our member practices in all aspects of this pursuit.

Our LEGACY values

L Lead innovation

E Embrace change

G Guarantee communication

A Act civilly

C Choose positivity

Y Yes, excellence!

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AAHA has made it a tradition to honor its members who continually earn the admiration and respect of their clients and peers. Find out more about our award-winning practices.

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