The Benefits of Choosing an AAHA Accredited Veterinary Clinic
As a pet owner, choosing the right veterinary clinic is a matter of trust and confidence. Knowing your pet is in good hands is essential, as is feeling supported in receiving the best care possible. That’s why knowing what an AAHA accreditation means to you and your pet is important.
Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center has been AAHA accredited since 1963. We’re happy to assure our clients that we strive at every level to meet and exceed AAHA standards of excellence.
What is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was founded in 1933 with the purpose of establishing and overseeing the veterinary profession and its reputation and guidelines. To date, it’s the only professional organization of its kind in the field of veterinary medicine.
To meet AAHA standards is to achieve the “gold standard” in the industry. We remain dedicated to continuing education and embracing advances in veterinary medicine and technology. What makes this accreditation process unique is that participation by animal hospitals is completely voluntary – only 12 to 15 percent of all clinics across North America achieve this status.
How are Clinics Evaluated?
The AAHA accreditation process is rigorous, involving the evaluation of over 900 standards in key areas of practice. Some of these include:
- Patient care
- Surgery and anesthesia
- Facilities and cleanliness
- Customer service
- Lab and pharmacy
- Medical records
- Contagious disease protocols
- Emergency and critical care
- Diagnostic equipment
In addition, participating hospitals must show their commitment to continuing education, with over 50 hours required each year.
The Advantages of Being AAHA Accredited
We hope you feel great about the level of care your pet is receiving and the high standards of veterinary care that we uphold to the highest degree. As a client, you’ll benefit from impeccable service – from the moment you make your pet’s appointment with us until your visit here at our clinic.
The AAHA criteria allow us to offer the very best in preventive medicine, as well as complex surgical procedures. Our skilled and knowledgeable team works to provide your pet with the healthiest, happiest life possible – because we understand just how special your pet truly is.
You’re Invited to Our Open House!
We hope to see you at our Open House for American Animal Hospital Association Appreciation Day on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 1-4pm. Our team of veterinarians, technicians, and support staff will be on hand to say hello and to answer any questions you may have. This is a great opportunity to see an AAHA accredited hospital at work and to learn how we can be a partner in your pet’s complete wellness.
Along with a tour of our clinic, we’re also offering several fun activities, including door prizes, a raffle, and a stroll along the Bob Wedin Memorial Walking Trail. We hope to see you there!
In the meantime, if we can answer any questions, please contact our friendly team.