About AAHA Accreditation

The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization to accredit companion veterinary hospitals. AAHA Accreditation is important for assuring standards are met and exceeded!  Accredited hospitals hold themselves to a higher standard. Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their #1 priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Why?

Because pets deserve nothing less.

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The standard of veterinary excellence


Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only companion animal exclusive veterinary association. AAHA is best known for its accreditation of companion animal practices. To become accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care. The Association also develops other publications and educational programs and resources designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive. The AAHA membership philosophy is team-focused, allowing every hospital staff member, from veterinarians to receptionists, to benefit from AAHA’s resources through one group membership. Today, nearly 3,500 practice teams (12-15 % of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada) are AAHA accredited.

 The AAHA mission is to:

• Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
• Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
• Meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine

Not all animal hospitals are accredited.  In fact, only about 3,500 (12-15%) animal hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited.

The application and accreditation process is stringent and at Animal Medical Clinic we knew it was important.  All of our practice holds itself to a higher standard, from the front office staff to all 13 of our Veterinarians.  It shows in our care for your animal because

We are passionate about animals and find fulfillment in caring for them.