AAHA Standards

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices and hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.  

If your veterinary practice is an accredited member, you can be assured that stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping—are followed.  

If your vet is following AAHA standards, 

they can focus on delivering the best patient care.

AAHA Standards are Voluntary

AAHA's standards are completely voluntaryonly about 15% of veterinary practices and hospitals have achieved accreditation. Standards are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.

All practices must meet mandatory standards in these areas:

  • Anesthesia 
  • Dentistry 
  • Emergency & critical care 
  • Human resources 
  • Laboratory 
  • Medical Records 
  • Pain Management 
  • Patient care 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Surgery 

Together with AAHA guidelines, which focus on helping simplify practices abilities to provide best-in-practice clinical care, your AAHA-accredited vet has everything they need to put your pet first. 

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