If you have visited us with your best four-legged friend, you probably have seen our AAHA accreditation mentioned either in the office or on our website. You may have also wondered what being an AAHA accredited vet means, or why it is important to you and your pet.
Because we want the best life possible for our pet patients (and their humans!), we want to take the time to explain what this designation means and how it enhances the level of care our patients receive.
What is AAHA?
AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. Founded in 1933, AAHA is professional organization that oversees and offers accreditation to veterinary hospitals that prove excellence on all levels of pet care.
Animal hospitals that seek this accreditation do so voluntarily, and must illustrate their professionalism, skill, expertise, and commitment to meeting the highest standard of care. Each clinic must pass a rigorous series of protocols, checklists, and criteria (900, in fact), some of which include:
- Patient handling and care
- Surgical abilities and anesthesia
- Facilities and diagnostic equipment
- Cleanliness and customer service
- Emergency services and critical care
- Management of contagious diseases
- Laboratory and pharmacy
- Medical records
- Continuing education
Because this is such an intensive process of review, only 12-15% of animal hospitals in North America receive this esteemed status.