What AAHA Accreditation Means for Your Pet
By now, you’re probably aware of how passionate we are about animal health here at The Maywood Veterinary Clinic. We’re constantly looking for ways to better serve our clients, and our AAHA accreditation falls in line with that ongoing goal. We’re extremely proud of this esteemed designation and want to share more about the many benefits it offers you and your pet.
The Gold Standard
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was founded in 1933 with the purpose of creating a reputable accreditation program for veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada. Unlike human hospitals where accreditation is mandatory, the process for veterinary care is strictly volunteer. Currently, only 12-15% of veterinary practices in North America are AAHA accredited.
AAHA has developed over 900 standards of care, all of which are constantly being reviewed and updated to reflect current trends and advancements, including:
- Dental care
- Pain management
- Laboratory and diagnostics
- Patient care
- Medical records
- Examination facilities
- Continuing education
- Emergency and critical care
- Client services
How AAHA Accreditation Works
To become accredited, a hospital must review and address AAHA guidelines, many of which require specific protocols and extra steps beyond what’s generally expected in the veterinary field.
An AAHA inspector then visits the practice for a thorough on-site evaluation. Based on feedback, the hospital has a chance to make any necessary adjustments. Veterinarians at accredited hospitals are required to have over 50 hours of continuing education each year, and all support staff are required to stay current on new practices and trends in their respective areas.
Once a hospital is accredited, it must undergo an inspection every three years to maintain its designation.
Only the Best
Meeting the strict requirements of AAHA accreditation means a higher level of care for our wonderful patients. It’s just one way we demonstrate how seriously we take our responsibility in caring for your pet.
For additional questions about AAHA accreditation, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!