What does AAHA Accreditation mean?
To become AAHA-accredited, practices undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, which include the areas of patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, anesthesia, contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, examination facilities, medical records, leadership and emergency/urgent care. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years, which ensures that hospitals are compliant with the Association’s mandatory standards.
What’s behind the logo?
Here is what sets us apart from non-accredited hospitals and what you can expect to find when you take your pet to us.
- Peace of mind – AAHA logo is displayed proudly on our walls
- Disease Control – Frequent hand washing or antibacterial agents are used to prevent the spread of contagious disease.
- Cleanliness and organization – Areas are neat, clean and well-organized.
- Humane handling – Team members demonstrate humane care of pets.
- Minimize contamination – Syringes and needles are only used once.
- Pain awareness – An assessment of a pet’s pain is considered part of every evaluation.
- Making a list & checking it twice – A pre surgical assessment checklist is completed, including: positive patient identification, verification of surgical procedures and anatomical location and necessary pre-surgical diagnostic testing is performed.
- Clean surgery attire – Team members wear proper surgery attire, including: Disposable or laundered caps and masks, gowns that are laundered and sterilized and sterile surgical gloves.
- Ready to respond – A sufficient number of staff members are trained in pet CPR to ensure the availability of a trained team during normal hours of operation.
- Sterile surgery instruments – Sterilized packs are used for each surgical procedure.
- Sterile environment – Surgical suites are separate closed rooms dedicated only to aseptic surgical procedures.
- Regular monitoring – Pets are observed at frequent intervals until they are fully recovered from anesthesia.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Only 12% of the animal hospitals in the US are AAHA Accredited. Excellence in veterinary care is not a one-time act. It takes countless hours of hard work and dedication to provide quality health care for pets. Animal Medical Clinic has been AAHA accredited since 1997. Because your pets deserve nothing less.