At Shelden Veterinary Care, we work tirelessly to provide the gold standard of veterinary care and exceptional service to our furry patients and their families. One of the ways we do this is through our accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), which sets the benchmark for veterinary medicine and its operations.
We’re proud of our AAHA accreditation, knowing only 15% of all veterinary clinics throughout North America have earned this prestigious honor. Let’s take a closer look at these rigorous standards and how they benefit our pet families.
What is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization dedicated to evaluating and setting standards of care for veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. Created in 1993, AAHA has established criteria in over 900 areas of veterinary care for companion animals.
Why is this important? Unlike our own medical facilities and hospitals (and unbeknownst by many pet owners), veterinary clinics don’t have an organization that monitors and regulates quality of care. What’s unique about AAHA and why most professionals consider them to be the best, is that applying for accreditation is a voluntary process.
Knowing that your veterinary provider would choose to complete such a rigorous process reflects our commitment to the highest level of care and treatment for our pet patients.
Criteria for AAHA Accreditation
Now that you know a bit more about AAHA and its purpose, you may be wondering about the criteria against which we are evaluated. AAHA looks at the management and quality of the following:
- Containment of contagious disease
- Anesthesia standards (pre-screening, procedures, and equipment)
- Emergency and critical care
- Diagnostic imaging and laboratory
- Pain management
- Surgical capabilities and suites
- Complete client care (behavior, nutrition, handling, etc.)
- Customer service
- Mandatory continuing education for staff
- Facilities and management
- Medical records
- Human resources
- Referral standards
AAHA members must meet the established standards in these areas and continue to be evaluated on them throughout the life of their membership, including incorporating new technologies and treatments in veterinary medicine.
The Benefits of Choosing an AAHA Practice
Now that you understand the rigor associated with AAHA accreditation, we hope you rest assured knowing your pet is in incredibly capable hands. From preventive care to advanced surgical procedures, we offer the very best in a range of services. And we do it all with love and compassion for pets and the people who care for them.