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Do you have what it takes to be a champion?

AAHA-accredited hospitals are Champions for Excellent Care. They 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—because pets deserve nothing less.

AAHA Practice Team Membership

Traditional accreditation

  • Nonspecialty accreditation for full-service veterinary care facilities
  • Evaluated on approximately 900 standards that cover all aspects of veterinary medicine
  • Medical director is not required to be board certified (though s/he may be)

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Referral accreditation

  • Individual accreditation for AVMA-recognized veterinary specialties
  • Evaluated on standards that apply only to the specialties the practice wishes to accredit
  • Medical director(s) must be board certified in each specialty the practice wishes to accredit

Apply for Accreditation in Canada

Apply for Accreditation in U.S.


AAHA Individual Membership

Student Membership: Student in AVMA-accredited school/college of veterinary medicine or in a veterinary technician program (excludes DEVTP participants).
Dues: Free

New Veterinarian Membership: Practicing veterinarian residing in the United States or Canada, not employed at an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice, and graduated within the last three years.
Dues: Free

Veterinarian Membership: Veterinarian within the United States and Canada not employed at an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice.
Dues: $550

International Affiliate Membership: Practicing veterinarian outside the United States and Canada.
Dues: $275

Practice Manager Membership: Nonveterinarian or nonpracticing veterinarian, administrative and/or management responsibilities, and not employed by an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice.
Dues: $180

Veterinary Technician Membership: Veterinary technician not employed at an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice. (Credentialed technician only.)
Dues: $75

Veterinary Assistant Membership: Assistant not employed at an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice.
Dues: $75

Veterinary Support Staff Membership: Front office, kennel, or other support staff person not employed at an AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited practice.
Dues: $75

Industry Affiliate Membership: Veterinarian or nonveterinarian associated with a commercial organization relating to veterinary medicine.
Dues: $550


* Your dues include $36 for a one-year print subscription to JAAHA, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (veterinarians in international, industry, veterinarian and new veterinarian membership categories) and $60 for a one-year print subscription to Trends magazine. All members receive online access to the digital versions.

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Referral Accreditation (Canada)

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