Who is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. AAHA evaluates practices on stringent quality standards. These standards encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping. AAHA guidelines assist veterinary professionals with developing evidence-based protocols for cats and dogs in their practices.
Only 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada have been able to obtain accreditation.
AAHA sets the standard of excellence in veterinary medicine. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation are composed of 940 standards and 18 categories. They cover all areas of veterinary practice—from anesthesia and pain management to recordkeeping and client communication. AAHA’s goal for the guidelines is to provide the most current information on clinically relevant topics. Their goal is to benefit not only AAHA members and their patients and clients, but the entire veterinary profession and pet owners.
What Does AAHA Accreditation Mean for Your Pet
AAHA’s practice consultants visit veterinary hospitals striving to earn or maintain their AAHA accreditation and evaluate them based on the AAHA Standards of Accreditation. They continuously update their standards. AAHA guidelines provide cutting-edge information to ensure pets receive the best possible care. Very few veterinary practices are able to obtain AAHA accreditation. So, you can rest assured your pet is being cared for in a hospital that is at the forefront of the veterinary profession.
AAHA’s goal since their founding in 1933, has been to help veterinary professionals provide exceptional care for companion animals. They want your veterinarian to be on top of the latest innovations in veterinary medicine. And want your pet to be happy and healthy so you can enjoy a long, wonderful life together.
For more information, please visit AAHA.org