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What Accreditation Means for Pet Owners
However, AAHA accreditation is not a guarantee of the appropriate level of patient care or client service. Once AAHA has determined that a practice meets the required Standards and awards its accreditation, it is incumbent upon the professional staff to maintain those Standards between evaluation visits, make the appropriate medical decisions, and to deliver high quality care.
The Standards and the Accreditation Program
All AAHA-accredited practices voluntarily meet or exceed the association's standards for facilities, equipment and quality procedures.
Those practices that wish to be accredited complete a lengthy application process, which culminates with an on-site visit by a veterinary professional employed by AAHA. 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 accreditation, the practice must undergo periodic review and additional on-site evaluations every three years.
AAHA also accredits species-specific and specialty veterinary practices. The association offers accreditation for avian practices, feline practices, emergency and critical care hospitals, house call/mobile practices, central hospitals and hospitals with an emphasis in surgery or dentistry.
AAHA-accredited practices are truly distinctive in providing the highest quality care for pets. AAHA standards are recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine. The Standards of Accreditation are written for veterinary health care staff and AAHA members only.