What is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA, was established in 1933 by a group of veterinarians who all had a vision to elevate and improve veterinary medicine. AAHA is the only organization of its kind to standardize veterinary care through its accreditation process. As of 2019, only about 15% of hospitals in the US and Canada hold AAHA accreditation, meaning most hospitals have varying standards of care.
How Does a Hospital Become Accredited?
In order to become accredited, animal hospitals must meet AAHA’s Standards of Excellence, which cover over 900 elements of a practice, including:
- Anesthesia protocols
- Surgical equipment and protocols
- Dental care
- Wellness exams
- Patient handling
- Client communication
- Medical record-keeping
- Emergency care
- Hospital cleanliness
- And so much more
Why Choose an AAHA-Accredited Animal Hospital?
When you choose an AAHA-accredited hospital, you choose better quality care for your pet. Accreditation is done on a voluntary basis; unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Instead, we made a conscious decision to elevate our care so you can be sure that an AAHA vet is that much more dedicated to your pet’s health and well-being. Furthermore, accredited hospitals are evaluated every 3 years in order to maintain their accreditation, meaning our services are always the best and latest in the industry. Learn more about AAHA on their website.