The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) AAHA is an international association to veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care. About 3,500 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program. That equals to about 12-15% of the hospitals in the United States and Canada. Arkansas Lane Animal Hospital has been a member of AAHA since 1982.
The Standards developed and published by AAHA are widely accepted as representing those components of veterinary practice that represent high quality care. The Standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology. They cover physical facilities, equipment, staff safety, continuing education, medical record keeping, and medical protocols. They also address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging and anesthesiology, among others. Hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years.
Choosing an AAHA accredited veterinary practice for your pet’s medical care assures that the practice you have selected has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medical protocols that AAHA believes are important for the delivery of high quality care.