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What is AAHA Accreditation?

AAHA Accreditation

Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Veterinary hospitals are evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Our Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep our accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. Our standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years.

  • AAHA standards require anesthesia monitoring equipment.
  • AAHA standards help your pet receive quality surgical care.
  • AAHA standards require preparation for emergencies.
  • AAHA standards strive to keep pets safe during dental procedures.
  • AAHA standards recommend continuing education.

Learn more about AAHA standards and accreditation, and how they impact the health of your pet.

Why is AAHA accreditation important to PAH?

As pet owners are becoming more and more educated, they are learning to choose a medical facility for their pets wisely. Pets are family and owners like to compare “apples to apples”, so to speak, when choosing medical care and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) provides the yardstick in which to evaluate veterinary hospitals. AAHA has the same pride that Prescott Animal Hospital does in providing outstanding client service and patient care and being able to put the AAHA accredited next to our name has been exceptionally rewarding. There are several reasons why AAHA accreditation is a valuable tool for our practice. Read more…

AAHA Practice of the Year 2014

APOY_1st_2014_WEBIn March of 2014, Prescott Animal Hospital received the AAH-Accredited Practice of the Year award in Nashville at the annual AAHA conference. The AAHA award committee evaluates each team on their most recent accreditation score, mission and vision, team composition, continuing education and training, community involvement and much more. AAHA members are known for excellence, rendering a highly competitive Practice of the Year award.

“AAHA believes that the success of a veterinary practice depends on the entire team working together to provide excellent care for pets and their people,” Mike Cavanaugh, D.V.M., AAHA executive officer said. “Prescott Animal Hospital is clearly dedicated to giving its clients and their pets the very best service.”