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Sentient beings

The American Animal Hospital Association supports the concept of animals as sentient beings. Sentiency is the ability to feel, perceive or be conscious, or to have subjective experiences. Biological science, as well as common sense, supports the fact that the animals that share our lives are feeling, sensing beings that deserve thoughtful, high-quality care. The care that is offered should provide for the animal’s physical and behavioral welfare and strive to minimize pain, distress, and suffering for the animal.

Adopted by the American Animal Hospital Association Board of Directors, July 2012.

2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines

No matter how clean your practice seems to be, dangerous pathogens could be lurking.

These first-ever guidelines include valuable information for preventing hospital-acquired infections from occurring including SOPs, staff education materials, personalized checklists, and tools. Learn more

Vaccination protocols
at a glance

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