Congratulations! At UVH, your pet is receiving the highest level of veterinary care available. That’s because we’re accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), a distinction that fewer than 15 percent of animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada can claim.
July 22 is AAHA-Accredited Hospital Day, and we’re ready to celebrate.
Why AAHA accreditation?
But, as a pet owner, how do you know? How can you believe the claims made by every veterinary hospital?
In human medicine, hospitals are required to be accredited by an outside accrediting body that ensures they are providing quality care, complying with standards for safety and cleanliness, and more. Veterinary hospitals are not held to this same standard.
AAHA is the only organization that accredits companion animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1933, AAHA has worked to improve veterinary medicine and provide oversight so more pets receive the best care possible.
At UVH, we never do anything halfway. We are proud to invite the AAHA consultants into our hospital when they come knocking every 3 years. We are proud to be part of an elite group of fewer than 15 percent of veterinary hospitals that are accredited in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to wear our AAHA logos, showing that we voluntarily adhere to more than 900 standards of veterinary care.
At UVH, we are AAHA proud.
AAHA accreditation by the numbers
- Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe their veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not.
- Only 12-15 percent of veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are accredited by AAHA.
- Veterinary hospitals seeking to become AAHA accredited go through a rigorous initial evaluation on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care.
- Once accredited, a veterinary practice is re-evaluated by an AAHA consultant after 1 year.
- After the 1-year evaluation, accredited practices are re-evaluated every 3 years on those same 900 standards of care.
When an AAHA-accredited hospital claims they are practicing the highest quality medicine, you can rest assured that they actually are.
A look at the AAHA standards
So, how are accredited hospitals evaluated by the AAHA consultants? What are the 900 standards of care being assessed? Here’s a look at just a few ways AAHA-accredited hospitals stand out from the rest:
- Multi-parameter monitoring — When anesthesia is used in pets, AAHA-accredited teams use equipment to monitor blood pressure, respiration, temperature, and heart rate (in addition to physical observation), so anesthetized pets stay safe.
- Thorough assessments — AAHA-accredited hospitals get a complete picture of each pet’s health through thorough assessments of all the major body systems, including the heart, lungs, eyes, ears, and mouth during each exam and before every procedure.
- Responsiveness — AAHA-accredited hospitals keep vital supplies appropriately stocked, clearly labeled, and readily available, so when disaster strikes, lives are saved.
- Infection control — AAHA-accredited hospitals work to prevent the spread of disease by implementing policies that include disinfection of patient areas, the use of antibacterial agents, and frequent hand washing.
- Humane handling — Team members at AAHA-accredited hospitals understand the importance of keeping pets comfortable and feeling safe during exams and procedures. Professionals are trained in proper restraint techniques and treat every pet with compassion.
And, while other veterinary hospitals may claim that they do those things, too, you don’t really know unless your hospital is regularly evaluated by an outside accrediting body. As a pet owner, AAHA accreditation is the key to your peace of mind when taking your beloved furry pal to the veterinarian.
As a pet owner, you can believe those statements are true because UVH is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Come see us in action. Our hospital is available to tour every day during our business hours. We want to show you how proud we are to be AAHA accredited.