Setting a Higher Standard as an AAHA Certified Vet
We are proud to be a long-term accredited practice by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and consistently pursue recertification because we pride ourselves on delivering the best care possible for our patients and clients. We hold ourselves to a higher standard to provide an exceptional level of medical care and client service to pets and the people who love them.
What is the American Animal Hospital Association?
Founded in 1933 by veterinarians, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was formed out of a growing desire to improve the quality of veterinary medicine throughout North America. AAHA establishes guidelines for practices to follow so they can provide excellent care to their patients and clients every single day. These guidelines are continually refined and improved.
How Does a Practice Become Accredited?
Accreditation is completely voluntary. Animal hospitals are not required to be accredited by AAHA. Approximately 12-15% of all hospitals in the US and Canada are accredited, and UVH is proud to be a part of that small percentage.
To obtain and maintain our accreditation, our hospital needs to meet or exceed over 900 mandatory and points-based standards of veterinary care. These standards cover a wide range of best practices to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort for our patients, including:
- Proper administration of anesthetic agents
- Pain assessment and management for every patient
- Ongoing client education
- Proactive, preventive healthcare
- Comprehensive dental care
- Prioritizing patient comfort and quality of life
- Communicating with clients in an empathetic, nonjudgmental way