AAHA Accredited For 30+ years- Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

AAHA Accredition- The standard of veterinary excellence

Petaluma Veterinary Hospital has been AAHA Accredited for 30+ years to ensure that our patients get the highest quality veterinary care possible. AAHA Accreditation for animal hospitals is not mandatory. Consequently, only about 15% of vet hospitals in the USA choose to go through the rigorous evaluation process necessary to become accredited.

Every 3 years we undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in the areas of quality of care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.

Why is AAHA Accreditation Important?
By selecting an AAHA Accredited hospital Like Petaluma Veterinary Hospital, your pet will receive top quality care from a hospital that holds itself to a higher standard. AAHA accredited hospitals are recognized as the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine.

Established in 1933, AAHA is the only veterinary association exclusive to companion animals, and is best known for its accreditation of companion animal practices. To become accredited, hospitals must undergo regular comprehensive evaluations (on 900 standards of veterinary care) by AAHA veterinary experts. The Association also develops publications, educational programs and resources designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive.

The AAHA mission is to:

• Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide top 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

Unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals are not required to be accredited. Accredited practices are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations. These range from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services

To become AAHA Accredited, practices undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, which include the areas of: Patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, anesthesia, contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, examination facilities, medical records, leadership and emergency/urgent care.

To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years, which ensures that hospitals are compliant with the Association's mandatory standards. Because the accreditation process is so thorough and rigorous, some states are beginning to accept AAHA accreditation in lieu of state inspections.