Why Does AAHA Accreditation Matter?

Why Does AAHA Accreditation Matter?

River Valley Veterinary Service is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA for short). This accreditation is considered a seal of excellence in the veterinary world.

Whether you’ve heard of it or not, it’s crucial to understand why you should always look for an AAHA accredited clinic, and why we wear the label with pride.

It is a gold standard 
According to the AAHA, only 12-15% of veterinary practices in the United States and Canada are AAHA accredited. The AAHA has the highest standards and recognizes those who are going above and beyond for animals.

It puts your pet first
At the end of the day, you take your pet to the vet to maintain their health or help them when they are ill. AAHA accreditation arms veterinary practices with the tools they need to administer care from the beginning of their life to the end. The accreditation offers you as a pet owner, a sense of comfort that your honorary family member is being held to the utmost importance amid an industry that is continuously innovating.

It covers all the bases
According to the AAHA official website, the accreditation is made up of 940 standards in 18 different categories. These standards run the gamut from an animal’s medication and pain management for various conditions, to communication with a client base, to keeping orderly files and records on procedures and clinic visits. About 50 of these standards are mandatory, meaning that each veterinary practice can tailor AAHA accreditation to their needs and make sure every last thing is accounted for. This ensures that nothing will slip through the cracks when it comes to your pet’s care.

The guidelines stay relevant with the times
The AAHA has been around since 1933, meaning it has seen all kinds of change within the veterinary industry. The goal with the standards and guidelines that they put in place are to ensure best care practices that are current and unbiased.

It is one thing to read about AAHA accreditation, but it is another to see it in action. Call River Valley Veterinary Clinic today at 952-447-4118 or set up an appointment via our website.

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