History of Accreditation of American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
Since 1933, AAHA’s leaders and other veterinary experts have developed and updated specific written standards for companion animal practices. These standards have undergone numerous changes throughout the years, always reflecting current industry standards. The enhanced standards were developed in order to raise the bar of veterinary excellence. Standards are created to ensure they reflect the developments made recently in veterinary medicine in addition to AAHA’s team philosophy. We recognize that practice team members make significant contributions to the delivery of quality care and the overall success of every veterinary practice.
During the Association’s history, the mission of AAHA has remained the same: to provide veterinary professionals with resources to effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion animal care. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation were developed to drive this mission, and AAHA has established itself as the leader in developing benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, informative publications, and educational programs designed to help companion animal practices thrive.
Who is AAHA?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only exclusive companion animal veterinary association, serving nearly 50,000 individual veterinary providers, including veterinarians, technicians, managers, client service specialists, and others. We are also the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada. During the Association’s 80 years, its mission has remained the same: provide veterinary professionals with resources to effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion animal care. AAHA is the leader in developing benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, informative publications and educational programs designed to help companion animal practices thrive.
Quick facts about AAHA!
- To become AAHA accredited, veterinary hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet approximately 900 different standards of care.
- Less than 15% of hospitals are AAHA accredited in North America.
- AAHA standards are continuously updated to keep accredited practices on the forefront of Veterinary Medicine.
- 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.
- Unlike human hospitals, accrediation is not required by law for veterinary hospitals. We are accredited because we are dedicated to providing the best veterinary care we possibly can.