Contributed by Dr. Aron Tallent
We at AAHA understand that your pet holds a valued place in your life and your heart, so we have made it our goal to respect and honor that special bond by providing the best possible care for your pet. Â Veterinarians across the country can be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and have their hospital measured against the most rigorous published standards in the industry
Who is AAHA?
AAHA was founded in 1933 and is the only association that provides voluntary accreditation to companion animal hospitals. There are approximately 3,000 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are AAHA-accredited and have made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of veterinary care.
What are the Standards
The AAHA Standards of Accreditation are widely used as benchmarks to measure excellence in veterinary medicine.
An independent consultant evaluates veterinary hospitals on over 800 standards that directly correlate to the care they are providing your pet.
The standards are periodically reviewed and updated, to ensure they remain consistent with changes in veterinary medicine and technology.
To maintain accredited status and to make sure veterinary hospitals are keeping up with industry updates, they are evaluated every three years.
Standards are set high so that they can provide you and your pet(s) the highest quality of care and service.
To be accredited by AAHA, hospitals must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service. AAHA's standards cover every aspect of hospitals to assure your satisfaction with the level of care both you and your pet receive.
Here are a few examples of how AAHA's standards impact you and your pet: The standards require clinics to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet. Not only that, but because they have an onsite pharmacy (another standards area), they can begin treatment immediately. AAHA standards also require that medical records be thorough and complete which helps them better understand your pet's medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.
Being an AAHA-accredited practice helps keep veterinary hospitals on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and helps them stay focused on continuous improvement to assure they can offer the quality and range of service you expect and deserve for your pet
For more information about pet health care or AAHA accreditation, feel free to ask a member of our team at Conway Animal Clinic, or visit www.healthypet.com.