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AAHA Accreditation: The Gold Standard of Veterinary Care

AAHA Accredited Veterinary PracticeWhat is AAHA? It stands for American Animal Hospital Association and we are an accredited member. What does that mean to you? We have undergone stringent requirements to become one of less than 15% of animal hospitals nationally that are accredited.

AAHA developed the Accreditation Program to raise the level of care being provided to companion animals. AAHA, along with a group of veterinary experts, developed the AAHA Standards of Accreditation as benchmarks of excellence. They also developed the evaluation system where practices are inspected by a Practice Consultant every 3 years to ensure they meet AAHA's standards. This process of accreditation is similar to what human hospitals go through.

What are the standards?
There are 943 criteria that must be met in order for a practice to become accredited. They are included in the following areas:

  • Anesthesia: Methods for assessing anesthetic needs in patients and appropriateness of equipment 
  • Client Service: Communicates well with clients during all aspects of their visit 
  • Contagious Disease: Protocols, processes and facilities to handle contagious diseases and avoid outbreaks
  • Continuing Education: Continuing education tools and opportunities for staff members
  • Dentistry: Safe dental procedures that protect both the patient and staff members
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Adequate equipment to generate quality diagnostic images and utilizes proper procedures and equipment to protect staff members from radiation
  • Emergency/Urgent Care: Equipment handling and process for emergencies
  • Examination Facilities: Properly equipped for thorough examinations
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance: Cleanliness
  • Human Resources: Handling of personnel matters
  • Laboratory: Laboratory services for the prompt diagnosis of patients
  • Leadership: Leadership's commitment to creating a positive work environment and providing high-quality care
  • Medical Records: Continuity of care through medical record details
  • Pain Management: Pain assessment, management and training
  • Patient Care: Humane and advantageous care to patients during all aspects of their visit
  • Pharmacy: Proper handling, storing and dispensing of medications
  • Safety: Safety of environment for patients, clients and team
  • Surgery: Patient safety in an aseptic environment with appropriate pre- and post-operative considerations


To learn more about AAHA and the accreditation process, we invite you to visit their website at http://www.healthypet.com

 

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