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AAHA announces change to membership structure

(LAKEWOOD, Colo.) October 18, 2016 – For 80+ years, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has never been afraid of change. In keeping with that spirit of continual evolution, AAHA announced it will transition to an accredited-only membership model.

Accreditation is at the core of what AAHA does. Over the next two years, AAHA will transition all member hospitals to accredited status. Nonaccredited practices will have until July 1, 2017 to enter into an agreement to become an AAHA-accredited practice or have a staff member become an individual member. By June 30, 2018, all AAHA member hospitals will be accredited. Any nonaccredited practices that have not switched voluntarily will have the owner/medical director converted to individual membership.

Why the change?

“For years, we have included a separate membership category that has allowed hospital membership for practices that are not accredited,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (C/F), chief executive officer of AAHA. “We tried to be inclusive and it resulted in trying to offer everything to everyone. In doing this, AAHA inadvertently created confusion in the marketplace about what constitutes an ‘AAHA member hospital’ vs. an ‘AAHA-accredited hospital’. Over time, we came to realize that we could not be everything to everyone. We need to hold true to our priorities.”

The AAHA accreditation program serves as the foundation of the AAHA board of directors’ strategic priorities. The change in the membership model reflects AAHA’s pledge to keep accreditation at the forefront.

“We know that there are countless nonaccredited hospitals practicing excellent medicine–we want you to join us!” said Nancy Soares, VMD, 2016-2017 president of AAHA. “I invite you to join us as we expand and strengthen our community of veterinary practice teams who are dedicated to providing excellent care. Together, we will elevate the standard of veterinary medicine and provide pets with the care they deserve.”

AAHA is offering educational resources to help nonaccredited hospitals understand the accreditation evaluation process. Practices interested in pursuing AAHA accreditation can access the resources and learn more at aaha.org/becomeaccredited or schedule a complimentary visit from an AAHA practice consultant by reaching out to Practice Accreditation at [email protected].

It starts with you

Kate Wessels

Senior manager, communications

12575 W. Bayaud Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80228
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