What is AAHA Accreditation?


What is AAHA? Most people don’t know what AAHA stands for or why it is important. AAHA is an acronym for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA Accreditation) .  This association, started in 1933, is a governing body that sets standards and provides guidelines to regulate the level of care that you can expect from your veterinarian.  Compliance with AAHA standards is strictly a voluntary process.
Any veterinary hospital can pay annual dues and join the American Animal Hospital  Association.  In order to become AAHA accredited your hospital has to be evaluated on and meet the standards of the organization.  There are 900 standards which cover every area of your hospital and the way you practice. These standards were developed to act as a benchmark to measure excellence in veterinary medicine.  There are approximately 3200 (top 15%) of all veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are currently AAHA accredited.

 Why does AAHA accreditation matter to my pet? 

  As a veterinarian, I have seen first hand what a difference AAHA accreditation makes in a practice.  It requires the involvement of the entire staff.  Becoming accredited and keeping accreditation is a great team building experience.  Staff members become more aware of ways to do things more efficiently.  They grow in ways that make them better team members, which in turn show in patient care.  Our staff members have shown a greater pride in the workplace and a greater sense of accountability.  We have become a more desirable workplace, giving us the ability to attract and keep better staff members.

Greenville Veterinarians are AAHA accredited?

Since our hospitals in Greenville, Travelers Rest, and Simpsonville, South Carolina have become AAHA accredited, we have a higher level of team work, synergy, and effectiveness.  We have created a better environment for our staff and for our clients, as well as improving the level of care.  Being AAHA accredited has helped us stay current on changes in veterinary medicine.
Being AAHA accredited means that we cannot rest on past accomplishments.  Periodically, we know that someone from AAHA is going to visit our hospital with the proverbial “white glove” to be sure that we remain compliant with their standards.  By working to maintain our AAHA accredited status we know that we can truthfully say, “We are always striving to be the very best.”
Written by Dr. Ben Phillips