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Their story began with a love for companion animals and a desire to make their lives better with quality health care. It was 1993 when seven veterinary professionals came together and founded an organization that would set a standard for animal practices across the nation, AAHA (The American Animal Hospital Association). It wasn’t till the late 1960s that AAHA started to become what it is today, with more than 900 different requirements to be accredited.  While it is an honor to be accepted anyone can apply. AAHA are passionate about helping veterinary teams practice better medicine, and helping pets and their people stay happy and healthy. An accreditation specialist will contact you to begin working with you as you prepare for your evaluation. On the day of your evaluation, your practice consultant will determine if you have successfully passed each section of the AAHA Standards of Accreditation including the mandatory standards. Some necessary standards  include, Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, Nutritional Assessment Guidelines, Weight Management Guidelines, Pain Management Guidelines, and different Life Stages Guidelines. AAHA standards also address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.  After the evaluation process is completed, your practice will receive a letter of congratulations and a certificate proudly designating you as an AAHA-Accredited Practice! Follow up evaluations ensure that quality of care is continuously being carried out. Only 14% of veterinary practices having the privilege to be called AAHA certified so it is a goal many aim for. Accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association is the only way to ensure that a veterinary practice is operating at the highest standards of excellence in animal care. Pet owners gain peace of mind when they choose an accredited practice, because they know their AAHA-accredited hospital has passed the highest standards of veterinary care.


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