The Standard of Veterinary Excellence
You’ve probably seen the red logo and the acronym AAHA. However, do you know what this means and why it’s so important for the health of your pet?
AAHA stands for American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). It is the only association that provides voluntary accreditation to companion animal hospitals. So, when you see that a hospital is AAHA accredited, you can have peace of mind that the hospital meets the highest standards of veterinary care. To become AAHA certified, a veterinary hospital is evaluated on nearly 900 veterinary standards of excellence.
Animal Wellness Center is proud to announce that the hospital received its AAHA Standards of Accreditation. To maintain the accredited status and to make sure hospitals keep up with industry updates, AAHA evaluates hospitals every three years.
What this means for you and your pet?
To be AAHA accredited, Animal Wellness Center must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service. AAHA’s standards cover every aspect of the hospital to assure your satisfaction with the level of care both you and your pet receives. Choosing an AAHA-accredited hospital for your pet’s medical care assures you that the hospital has the team, equipment, medical procedures and facilities that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of high quality veterinary care.
For example, the standards require Animal Wellness Center to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that we can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet. Plus, the standards require Animal Wellness Center to have an onsite pharmacy so treatment can begin immediately. Another standard is that your pet’s medical history must be complete and thorough so Animal Wellness Center can give the best care possible.
“We are proud to be an AAHA-accredited practice and believe this helps keep us on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and focused on continuous improvement to assure we can offer the quality and range of services you expect and deserve for your pet,” Dr. Carolyn Apker of Animal Wellness Center.
Who is AAHA
AAHA was founded in 1933. Animal Wellness Center is one of about 3,000 traditional hospitals and numerous referral hospitals in the United States and Canada that are AAHA-accredited and have made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of veterinary care.
For more information about AAHA accreditation, ask one of our team members or visit www.healthypet.com