Did you know?
- AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.
- We’ve been AAHA accredited continuously since 1989. That’s over 25 years!
AAHA-accredited hospitals are evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas:
- Quality of care
- Diagnostic and pharmacy
- Medical records
Why is it important to you? Because being an AAHA-accredited practice means the following:
- AAHA Accreditation is very different from AAHA Membership: any non-accredited animal hospital can purchase a membership.
- The standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (such as x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
- The standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery, and emergency care.
- Accredited hospitals have an onsite pharmacy (another standards area) so they can begin treatment immediately.
- AAHA standards also require that medical records be thorough and complete, which helps our veterinarians better understand your pet’s medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.
- The standards developed and published by AAHA are widely accepted as being those components of veterinary practice that represent high quality care. The standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology.
- Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve. AAHA reminds pet owners that they can help pets live healthier and longer lives by taking their pets to the veterinarian for annual physical exams, vaccinations, and dental care, as well as providing pets with fresh water, a balanced diet, and exercise.
- We are dedicated to providing the best care possible for your pet. For this reason, we are a voluntary member of the AAHA and challenge ourselves to pass their rigorous tests in order to ensure that we are meeting our mission, vision, and values.
AAHA was established in 1933 and developed the accreditation program to raise the level of care that is being provided to companion animals. Those practices that wish to be accredited must complete a lengthy application process. The application process culminates with an on-site visit by a professional veterinary evaluator employed by AAHA. Only those practices that are found to be in compliance with the policies and Standards requirements established by the Association are awarded AAHA-Accredited Practice status. In order to maintain its accreditation, the practice must undergo periodic review and an additional onsite evaluation every three years.
Choosing an AAHA accredited veterinary practice such as Valley Cottage Animal Hospital for your pet’s medical care assures you that the practice you have selected has the facilities, equipment, staff and medical protocols that AAHA believes are important to delivery of high quality care. Further, a practice’s voluntary commitment to the AAHA Standards and the Accreditation Program demonstrates that the practice has chosen to have itself measured by an outside organization against the most rigorous published Standards in the Veterinary industry.
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