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Myths to Accreditation

Accreditation myths busted

Myth—AAHA has 900 mandatory standards

My practice is too small. I don’t have the right facility or equipment to become accredited.

Did you know? The 2011 AAHA Practice of the Year was a one-doctor practice!

AAHA understands that every hospital is unique—and that even small practices or those without state-of-the-art facilities can provide excellent veterinary care. That’s why our standards focus primarily on patient care, client service, and communication. 

Myth—Accreditation is expensive

AAHA accreditation is an investment in your practice. The value you’ll receive from accreditation—including improved patient care, client service, and staff satisfaction—will be far more than your money’s worth in annual dues.

Myth—I must have credentialed technicians on staff


While AAHA recognizes the commitment, skills, and knowledge credentialed technicians bring to the profession, employing credentialed technicians is not required to become accredited.

Myth—I don't need to become accredited because I'm already providing a high level of care and service

Even the best practices have room to learn and grow. Don’t miss out on the benefits of holding yourself to a higher standard: In addition to a positive impact on practice culture and finances, survey research shows accreditation is becoming increasingly important to pet owners.

Myth—I'm not ready

We'll help you get ready. Think of AAHA’s accreditation team as an extension of your practice, here to help as your partner in success. Once you apply, we will work with you every step of the way to ensure you feel confident and prepared for your evaluation.

AAHA’s accreditation specialists are here to help. Please contact our Accreditation Specialists at
800-252-2242 or [email protected].

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