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American Animal HospitalAssociation
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)is an international organization serving veterinarians and membersof their staffs, who are engaged in the delivery of veterinarymedical care to pets. AAHA is an international association of more than 27,000 veterinarycare providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933,AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for itsstandards for hospitals and pet health care. Over 3,000 veterinaryhospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluationprogram. Trained consultants regularly visit these hospitals toensure compliance with AAHA's standards for services andfacilities. Individual veterinarians can also be members ofAAHA.
Standards and Accreditation Program
The standardsdeveloped and published by AAHA are widely accepted as representingthose components of veterinary practice that represent high qualitycare. The standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensurethat they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology.They cover physical facilities, equipment, patient and staffsafety, staff continuing education and training, medical recordkeeping, and medical protocols.
Those practices that wish to be accreditedcomplete a lengthy application process, which culminates with anon-site visit by a veterinary professional employed by AAHA. Thosepractices that are found to be in compliance with the policies andStandards requirements established by the Association are awardedAAHA Accredited Practice status. In order to maintainaccreditation, the practice must undergo periodic review andadditional on-site evaluations, at intervals of approximately everythree years. The standards focus on the following areas: anesthesia, client service,contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, diagnosticimaging and evaluation, emergency and urgent care, exam facilities,housekeeping and maintenance, human resources, laboratory,leadership, medical records, pain management, patient care,pharmacy, safety, and surgery.
What Accreditation Means for PetOwners
Choosing an AAHA accredited veterinary practicefor your pet's medical care assures you that the practice you haveselected has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medicalprotocols that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of highquality care. Further, voluntary commitment to the AAHA Standardsand the Accreditation Program demonstrates that the practice haschosen to have itself measured by an outside organization againstthe most rigorous published standards in theindustry.
AAHA reminds pet owners that they can help petslive healthier and longer lives by taking their pets to theveterinarian for annual physical exams, vaccinations, and dentalcare as well as providing pets with fresh water, a balanced diet,and exercise.