Why AAHA Matters

Mar 19, 2017

In the United States, hospitals that serve people must be accredited through an accrediting body. Human hospitals undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care.

You might be surprised to learn that the same is not true for veterinary hospitals. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. In fact, only about 15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited.

Hillcrest Animal Hospital is proud to be an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). You may notice our certificate of achievement proudly placed in our lobby, website and app, for example. For over 80 years, AAHA is the only organization presiding over standards and awarding membership to veterinary practices within the U.S. and Canada.

Why are we so boastful about our accreditation? AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry. We hold Hillcrest Animal Hospital to the highest standards and want you to know your pet is receiving top-notch care at a hospital that has passed AAHA-certification.

To become AAHA-certified, a veterinary hospital is inspected on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. Categories include: patient care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.

To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years. Our reaccreditation is coming up this May and we are already getting prepared and excited to show off our hospital and the team members, who make Hillcrest Animal Hospital so special.

Dr. Michelle Mayers