AAHA-Accredited: What it is and Why it Matters
AAHA, or the American Animal Hospital Association, became a full-fledged organization in 1933, founded by a group of veterinary professionals. Interestingly, AAHA is the only veterinary association exclusively dedicated to companion animals. As such, their most noteworthy program is their accreditation process for veterinary practices. Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited, so the standards and quality of care are relatively varied between practices. With an AAHA-accredited hospital, pet parents can know that their companion's needs are being met with the very best in veterinary care.
Accreditation and Us (and You)
At Roswell Veterinary Associates, our practice's building and facilities have been built and designed so that the structure of the entire practice to fits nicely into AAHA's standards. While we aren't accredited yet, we are working toward accreditation, which includes an AAHA representative taking the time to evaluate our hospital. AAHA accreditation is an important component for responsible pet parents who want the very best of care for their pets. Through triannual evaluations, AAHA-accredited hospitals are consistently held to the highest standards. In addition to triannual exams, an AAHA-accredited evaluator can drop by the practice at any time for a spot check. They observe and gauge every level of the practice including:
- Cleanliness and hygiene
- Surgical equipment
- Diagnostic equipment
- Emergency care protocols
- Anesthetic monitoring
- Administration and management
- Client satisfaction
- ... And many more!
We believe our clients and their pets deserve the very best of care, and so strive to meet these standards in every way we can.