When choosing a vet for your family pet, it is important to ensure you are entrusting your animal to the highest quality care available. While there are many thing to consider while choosing a vet, one of the most important things is to make sure they are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
What is AAHA Accreditation?
More than 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospital is accredited. However, only around 15 percent of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada actually are. The AAHA is the only organization in the US to offer animal hospital accreditations. Most pet owners assume that their veterinary hospital is accredited, but many are not. In fact, most animal hospitals aren’t required by law to be accredited, meaning your pet could be receiving a lower quality of care in substandard conditions.
With little oversight, unaccredited animal hospitals are left relatively unregulated. Accreditation is entirely voluntary, ensuring that each AAHA veterinary hospital is committed to the highest standard of care, putting the well being of your pet first.
To ensure that high standards are met, the AAHA sends a consultant to inspect every accredited animal hospital every three years. The facilities are inspected and evaluated to make sure they adhere to AAHA’s approximately 900 rigorous standards and guidelines. The consultant provides an object viewpoint, ensuring that only the best veterinary hospitals are given accreditation.
The AAHA sets the bar, helping give veterinarians a target to strive for, especially while working toward accreditation. It encourages all veterinarians to keep up with evolving methods and new technologies.
Why is AAHA Accreditation Important?
Without strict government oversight, the standard of care for veterinary hospitals fluctuates much more than with medical practices for humans. This leaves you and your pet vulnerable to poor care and substandard facility conditions.
With only around 15 percent of veterinary practices in the United States and Canada being AAHA accredited, an AAHA accreditation is solid proof of gold standard care. Without accreditation, it can be hard to tell what quality of care you will be receiving from any given veterinarian.
You can rest easy taking your beloved pet to an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital. This removes the guesswork when picking a veterinary practice for your pet. When you walk into an AAHA accredited practice, you know that the standard of care is world class.
The AAHA has been around for over 80 years, helping pet owners find the best care for their animals. The AAHA grades not only on treatment quality, but also on cleanliness, and customer service. Accreditation is based on around 900 standard including:
- Veterinarian Education
- Customer Service
- Quality of facilities
- Disease Prevention
- Surgical procedures
- On site pharmacy
The AAHA’s rigorous standards ensure that accreditation is given only to veterinary hospitals committed to providing the best and most up-to-date methods of care. Click here to learn more about the AAHA’s guidelines.
Diamond Veterinary Hospital is Proud to be AAHA Accredited
Here at Diamond Veterinary Hospital we are committed to delivering the highest possible quality of care. We have been an AAHA accredited hospital since 1983, proving that we are committed to going above and beyond basic regulations to ensure that your pet receives the best care possible. We offer the highest standard of preventative, diagnostic, and surgical care available.
To find out more about the high quality of care Diamond Veterinary Hospital provides contact us.