We Are AAHA-Accredited

At Saratoga Veterinary Hospital, we’ve always been passionate about pets and the deep bond they share with their people. Our animal hospital strives to strengthen that bond with the highest level of pet care possible, which is why we chose to become AAHA-accredited.

Contact our AAHA Accredited Practice today at (518) 587-3832 with any questions you might have.

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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
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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.