What does that mean, exactly?
Last Thursday we voluntarily underwent an intense evaluation by an AAHA representative. She spent over 5 hours speaking with us, inspecting the facility, and reviewing our records. She looked over our patient files, communication logs, computer system, and phone system. She inspected each area of the hospital to ensure that it was clean, neat, and equipped to provide safe, high-quality care for pets. She examined the educational materials we provide to clients. She checked our surgery equipment to make sure everything was sterile, clean, and organized. She checked over the pharmacy to ensure that we are handling our medications safely. She even checked over each doctor’s office to see what reference books, equipment, and computer systems we utilize.
In each area, points are awarded if the AAHA standard is met. Some specific areas require a certain number of points to achieve a passing mark. I’m proud to say that we met the standards required to become accredited, which means that we have been recognized as upholding a very high level of care and practice at Pet Authority.
Why is that a big deal?
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care; diagnostic & pharmacy; management; medical records; and facility.
The Standards developed by AAHA are widely accepted as the components of veterinary practice that represent high quality care. The Standards are updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology.
Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve.
How does our accreditation help you and your pet?
Your pet will benefit from up-to-date knowledge of medical procedures, treatments, and preventive healthcare.
You can be confident that our staff is required to undergo a set amount of continuing education to make sure that they improve their knowledge and skills to keep pace with current medical practice.
We can provide you the peace of mind from knowing that our hospital provides care that meets the guidelines set by a nationwide network of specialist and expert veterinary professionals.
Where can you find out more information about AAHA?
AAHA’s website is an excellent place to start. Here are a few select links that lead to more in-depth information:
Information about AAHA as an organization.
AAHA Guidelines for anesthesia, preventive healthcare, pain management, and more.
AAHA’s Client-oriented website, HealthyPet.com.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Pet Authority, as well. Without their dedication to their professions, we would never have been able to pass the accreditation inspection. Every employee has demonstrated a commitment to the hospital, but more importantly, to the pets and clients that trust us to care for their family. Well done!