What Is AAHA?

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an organization that sets “The Standard of Veterinary Excellence.” Established by a group of veterinary professionals dedicated to quality pet care, AAHA uses hundreds of stringent guidelines for veterinary practices to determine distinction among other practices.

How Does a Hospital Become Accredited?

AAHA has awarded thousands of hospitals with the “AAHA-accredited” recognition, which allows them to stand at the forefront of veterinary medicine. Being accredited also demonstrates the high level of care and commitment that the doctors, technicians, and staff members have to pet care. To become accredited, a practice must undergo an evaluation of over 900 general and mandatory standards, ranging from pet care, pain management, cleanliness, and record keeping.

What Does Accreditation Mean for Your Pet?

Emerald City Emergency Clinic is proud to be an AAHA-accredited hospital, after undergoing the intensive accreditation program of the Association. Only about 15% of veterinary practices in the U.S. hold this distinction. As an emergency clinic, we see patients for a variety of reasons, and providing care in a timely manner is critical. Our accreditation means that when you bring your pet to our clinic, they will receive the best care in a facility with only the most advanced technology and equipment available.

If you have any questions about AAHA or how our accreditation benefits you and your pet, let us know or visit AAHA’s website.

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