After many months of work implementing and passing more than 900 standards of veterinary excellence, we are thrilled to announce that we have earned American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Accreditation!
Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not.
Human hospitals in Ontario undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process. In fact, only 12-15% of animal hospitals in Canada and the U.S. have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). (Here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital we really enjoyed the process. It allowed us to see where we already succeeding, and to identify areas where we could up our game and bring even better pet care and client service.)
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain our accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. Provincial regulations establish a basic standard for all Ontario Animal Hospitals. AAHA accreditation, which doesn’t vary between states or provinces is considered the standard for veterinary excellence (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).
So what does AAHA Accreditation mean for you? It means you can be confident that your pet’s hospital meets the the highest standards of excellence for every aspect of veterinary care.
We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. It means we hold ourselves to a higher standard.
You can read more in detail about the evaluation on our AAHA Accreditation page.