What is AAHA?
Since 1974, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) has been recognized for setting high standards for veterinary hospitals. Each AAHA accredited hospital is regularly inspected to make sure it meets AAHA’s veterinary care standards. We are proud to be a member of this veterinary organization.
AAHA is passionate about helping veterinary teams practice better medicine, and helping pets and their people stay happy and healthy. They are the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospital based on standards that meet or exceed state and provincial regulations. Because federal and state entities do not require animal hospitals to be accredited, they step in to help veterinary teams practice better medicine by evaluating them on approximately 900 Standards of Accreditation. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.
AAHA-Accredited Hospitals Are Champions for Excellent Care
They hold themselves to a higher standard. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets—because pets deserve nothing less.
AAHA Standards of Accreditation
AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Practices that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping—and are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.
Today, approximately 12–15% of veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.
The Enhanced Standards Of Accreditation Cover 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: Safe dental procedures that protect both the patient and staff members
Emergency: Equipment handling and process for emergencies
Examination Room: Properly equipped for thorough examinations
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
Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
Meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine
We seek to lead the profession in the provision of the highest quality of care for companion animals by improving standards of care, championing accreditation, and supporting our member practices in all aspects of this pursuit.
AAHA’s LEGACY Values
The AAHA membership philosophy is team-focused, allowing every hospital staff member, from veterinarians to receptionists, to benefit from AAHA’s resources through one group membership. Today, more than 3,700 practice teams in the United States and Canada are AAHA accredited.