It took almost a full year of preparation, but the staff of Cedarview Animal Hospital had reason to celebrate this week when the hospital passed the evaluation for accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), joining only 7% of Canadian and 12% of US animal hospitals who have been previously awarded this accolade.
While all veterinary hospitals must meet a set of established minimum standards to be able to operate within each province, only AAHA sets much higher standards designed to promote excellence in veterinary care. To gain this prestigious accreditation, hospitals must pass over 900 specific and varied standards.
Within the profession, AAHA is renowned for developing guidelines of practice based on current scientific evidence and expert opinions, including vaccination guidelines, fluid therapy recommendations, nutritional assessments, and pain management, most of which become adopted internationally. However, AAHA is also concerned with standards of staff and patient safety, the promotion of cutting-edge continuing education and training, infection control, and client service, among others.
I am exceedingly proud of our staff’s accomplishment and how they have been recognized for their efforts in pet and client care by AAHA. We see this not as a pinnacle, but as a challenge to continue to strive to be the best we can be for you and your pet.
I invite you to visit www.aaha.org and see what AAHA is all about.
Dr. Nigel Gumley