Back in 1933, seven leaders in the veterinary industry got together to form the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). They saw the need for regulation in the industry and set forth to improve conditions in animal clinics.
AAHA is the only accreditation organization in the industry. We currently have approximately 3,000 hospital members in the U.S. and Canada and over 36,000 veterinary care providers in North America and overseas.
All hospitals are evaluated on the following areas through a flexible points-based system. You do not have to meet every single standard provided – you can pick and choose the standards you are already meeting and improve your practice in other areas if necessary. There are only 46 mandatory core standards.
The benefits of accreditation to your practice team are immeasurable. Many practices divide up the sections of the standards to different team members, which helps instill ownership and pride in staff members. Everyone pulls together to prepare for the evaluation and works as a team.
The staff at Denver headquarters is available to help you through the preparation for your evaluation. They’re just a phone call away and can provide tips, advice and expert insight into how you can make the most of this experience.
The greatest benefit of accreditation to many is the wealth of knowledge the Practice Consultants provide. These experts visit hundreds of veterinary practices per year and can offer helpful tips to improve your practice. AAHA Practice Consultants have one main goal – to assist you and your team in providing high-quality care.
Many find that the benefits of being accredited are very personal. Practice owners and staff feel great pride in becoming accredited. They enjoy challenging themselves and raising the bar by reaching new benchmarks of excellence. Being an accredited member allows practices to grow with the times and continue to provide the best care possible.
By being an AAHA-accredited member, you’ll show your clients you are among the best. That special symbol on your front door will prove that you are one of the best in town. Savvy consumers contact us every day to ask for referrals because they’ve done their homework and know accredited practices are the best.
AAHA provides public relations resources and promotional materials to accredited practices to help them show clients their dedication to high standards. Accreditation promotion kits are sent to practices each year and the AAHA Public Relations staff is always available to answer questions about your practice’s promotional efforts.
To help get the word out about accredited practices, we released TV and radio Public Service Announcements that talk about the importance of taking pets to accredited practices. AAHA also produced a print advertisement promoting accredited practices that has appeared in over 100 airports throughout the U.S.!
To us, this is much more than a tagline. In order for pets to be healthy, our practices must be healthy. And this is the main goal of AAHA – to help our member practices improve, grow and provide the best care possible.