Just say yes to AAHA accreditation!

Posted on: February 5, 2014
Tags: AAHA Accreditation

If you have been to House Vets recently, you have likely seen our plaque or banner exclaiming that we are now AAHA accredited!  But what does this mean to us, and what does it mean to you?

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) started creating best-practice standards in 1933 that veterinary hospitals could voluntarily follow, and in return the hospital would become AAHA accredited.  The standards have evolved over the years to include stringent requirements for keeping thorough medical records, taking good quality x-rays and interpreting them well, offering in-house laboratory testing, following strict surgical practices... the list goes on and on.  There are over 900 different standards that are evaluated to determine if a practice meets accreditation requirements. 

We at House Vets have been quietly preparing to become AAHA accredited for quite some time, even many years back when Dr. Cat was planning the layout of our current building!  Things really got going over the summer and fall of 2013, and all different members of the staff contributed to making sure we were ready for the final walk-through.  Our practices didn’t change; we have always strived to do the absolute best for our patients and our clients.  However, some re-organization and lots of protocol drafting needed to be done to make sure all our ducks were in a row. 

On December 30th, we had our official walk-through with our AAHA inspector, and she gave us the happy news: we passed with flying colors!  We joined a small but dedicated group of hospitals working to meet the highest standards in veterinary medicine.  Only 15% of veterinary hospitals in the country are AAHA accredited, and we are proud to be a member of this elite group! 

We thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you and your pets soon!