True Innovation: Why AAHA Accreditation Means so Much
In life, it’s helpful to periodically evaluate the way things are done and try to make positive changes. In a veterinary hospital, streamlining certain systems and protocols not only saves us time and money, we also pass that value onto our clients and their pets. In other words, there is always room for improvement, and that’s what it means to be AAHA accredited.
The Gold Standard
The American Animal Hospital Association was established in 1933 by veterinary professionals inspired by a collective endorsement of specific values and excellent standards. Only a small percentage of animal hospitals are recognized as AAHA accredited, and the animal patients here are more likely to receive the best possible care in a cutting-edge facility.
How to Measure Success
The American Animal Hospital Association conducts veterinary research and publishes the results for hospitals under their purview. As an accredited hospital, our experience and education is continually advancing through our alliance.
Veterinary hospitals that are not accredited do not receive any third-party oversight. With us, a pet owner can expect that best practices are always in play, and because high-quality care is simply a given, better outcomes are more likely.
The White Glove Treatment
A lengthy and detailed application process usually precedes an AAHA inspection. After accreditation is granted, compliance is continually monitored. As such, our facility is reviewed and evaluated by AAHA trained professionals every third year. They go over medical record keeping, staff education and training, and the protocols we currently have in place.
To ensure that we meet AAHA standards, the following areas are routinely focused on:
- Client service and patient care
- Continuing education and leadership
- Examination rooms
- General public facilities
- Housekeeping and maintenance
- Contagious disease
- Diagnostic imaging
- Emergency care
- Pain management
Real and Rigorous
We’ve always been dedicated to high-quality care and excellent standards, and we are committed to maintaining our status as an AAHA accredited hospital. Together, we can help your pet live a longer, healthier life through routine wellness exams, dental care, disease prevention, nutrition, and exercise.
High-Caliber Veterinary Care
Of the 20,000 small animal hospitals in the country, about 3,000 are AAHA accredited. Our doctors are required to complete 50 hours of continuing education each year, and support staff must also stay up-to-date on new practices in their areas of expertise.
Proud to Be AAHA Accredited
Like we mentioned in the beginning, it’s important to review current systems and make positives changes. The AAHA accreditation process allows us to step back, re-focus, and set our goals for the future. In short, that means whenever we see your pet, he or she is in the best possible hands. We look forward to seeing both of you soon!