The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than17,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Hospitals that are accredited by AAHA meet high veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its services and equipment. Then a trained practice consultant thoroughly inspects the hospital to make sure it meets AAHA’s high standards in the areas of: 1. emergency services 2. surgery and anesthesia 3. radiology services 4. pathology services 5. nursing care 6. pharmacy 7. dentistry 8. examination facilities 9. pet medical records 10. medical library 11. housekeeping and maintenance
Less than 18 percent of the small animal veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited AAHA members. In addition to the facility, you’ll also want to make sure the veterinarian meets your expectations. It’s important that you and your pet are comfortable with the doctor.