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Why Guidelines Matter

Veterinary practice guidelines, like the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, help ensure that pets get the best possible care. From medical director to veterinary assistant, Guidelines keep your hospital staff on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

Completed in 2011, the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats is the most complete and medically sound compilation of updates, insights, advice, and recommendations ever developed for ensuring the safe and effective use of anesthesia.

AAHA Guidelines review the latest information to help staff address central issues and perform essential tasks to improve the health of the pet. In addition, Guidelines define the role of each staff member, so everyone on the healthcare team can work together to offer the best-quality medical care.

Guidelines are just that—a guide—established by experts in a particular area of veterinary medicine. Guidelines do not outweigh the veterinarian’s clinical judgment; instead, they help veterinarians develop treatment plans that meet each patient’s needs and circumstances.

Aligning your practice protocols with Guideline recommendations is a key step in ensuring that your practice continues to deliver best-quality care.

To support your dedicated efforts, AAHA is pleased to offer this toolkit. Here you’ll find checklists, tips, a client handout, a poster, and other tools you can use every day to implement the recommendations of the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

Thank you for helping to advance our shared mission to deliver the best in companion animal medical care. Together, we can make a difference!

Michael T. Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP
AAHA Executive Director and CEO

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