It has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Your dog’s next stay should be approved by the AAHA. While the rhyme wasn’t intended, the importance was. You might be asking yourself, what is the AAHA? Yes, it may sound like the sound you make when you finally figure out what AAHA actually stands for, but in case you haven’t figured it out – we’ll give you a hand. AAHA is the American Animal Hospital Association and it is the only veterinary hospital association that provides accreditation to animal hospitals. Shockingly, only 15% of animal hospitals in the United States are accredited by the AAHA. Do you want to leave your companion behind with an animal hospital that isn’t certified? Of course not. Lucky for you Dogwood Veterinary Hospital is AAHA certified, and proud of it.
But what does it mean? We’ll break it down for you.
You might be asking yourself, why is the rate so low at 15%, well that’s because unlike human hospitals, accreditation for veterinary hospitals is voluntary, which means for some reason it is not required by law. In a study performed by The World Health Organization, it showed that human hospitals that were accredited had a lower chance of incidences, surgical complications, and deaths under anesthesia. We believe that the same standard should be held to our companions as well, which is we why are AAHA certified.
An AAHA accreditation is more than just a simple check of the hospital’s facilities. It’s a comprehensive audit to make sure that each facility is using the most up-to-date technology and the technicians and doctors working at the facility are operating with the latest updates in veterinary medicine by continuing their educations and certifications. AAHA approved veterinarians have to acquire over 50hrs of continuing education per year to keep their accreditation, compared to just 15hrs for some states. AAHA has outlined specific guidelines that hospitals must abide by ranging from how to practice medicine at the highest level all the way to surgery protocols and everything in between like how the hospital stores its records.
If a hospital wants to keep their accreditation they must recertify every three years to prove they are updating their procedures and protocols with the industry. This may all sound like a lot of work, but as veterinarians we believe your furry friend deserves only the best and we want you to rest assured knowing every staff member from trainer to doctor is caring for your animal with the best care known to man (and beast).
Now if you’re looking for a place to take care of your loving pet, we hope you’ve said “aaha!” after reading this article and choose Dogwood Veterinary Hospital.
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