American Animal Hospital Association Accreditation
In November 2002, we earned accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association, the only organization that provides meaningful accreditation for veterinary hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. We were, and are, very proud of our accreditation. To become accredited, animal hospitals must practice in accordance with AAHA’s standards of excellence. Founded in 1933, the AAHA sends a practice consultant periodically to visit our hospital to ensure that we continue to meet or exceed their very high standards. Achieving and maintaining accreditation is a voluntary, rigorous and expensive ongoing program. We have chosen to seek accreditation because of our commitment to excellence in small animal care. And for that reason, we welcome outside evaluation that enables us to correct minor deficiencies and build on existing best practice strengths. By following strict standards, we are better positioned to provide patients with the very best in veterinary care. AAHA standards are marks of distinction that set our practice apart from others. We are, of course, not the only animal hospital in the region to be accredited and we applaud the efforts of other such facilities as we are sure they recognize ours. AAHA accreditation requires ongoing assessment of our medical record keeping, examination facilities, pharmacy, laboratory, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, surgery, dentistry, nursing care, housekeeping and maintenance, continuing education and emergency services. Only about one in eight (about 12%) animal hospitals in North America is accredited by AAHA. Accreditation of an animal hospital, like accreditation of a college or university or even of hospitals for pet owners, is an assurance to our clients that Hayden Pet Medical Center has opened its doors to veterinary experts who have stamped their seal of approval on our facility and personnel.