This year at Redwood Veterinary Hospital marks our 41st year of accreditation by AAHA and we couldn’t be more proud! This is no small accomplishment and we want to make sure that all of our friends and family know exactly what that means and why they should care. It is one thing for us to be proud, but we know you’ll join us once you know what AAHA accreditation means for you and your pet(s).

AAHA Accreditation

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was founded in 1933 to help ensure the best care for our animal friends possible. Today AAHA is respected internationally as a leader in the veterinary world, setting standards of excellence for veterinary care and services. 

While the AAHA guidelines and standards for high quality veterinary care are available to the entire profession, not every veterinary hospital follows them. All veterinary hospitals in California are legally required to meet certain minimum standards of care. AAHA accredited hospitals, like Redwood Veterinary Hospital, are required to meet higher standards of care. This takes considerable time and effort and generates a lot of pride here at Redwood. 

AAHA works with veterinary practices across the United States and Canada to perform a voluntary accreditation that certifies that these practices meet AAHA standards. AAHA accreditation is not a given and practices must be dedicated in order to earn the title. In fact, less than 15% of veterinary practices in North America can call themselves AAHA accredited.

When a veterinary practice decides to become AAHA accredited, it’s a team effort. The entire staff must do their part to meet requirements and educate themselves on a variety of topics. AAHA standards include requirements in the areas of:

  • Anesthesia
  • Client Service
  • Contagious disease practices
  • Continuing education
  • Dentistry
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Examination facilities
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Human resources
  • Internships
  • Laboratory 
  • Leadership
  • Medical records
  • Mentorship
  • Pain management
  • Patient care
  • Pharmacy
  • Referral standards
  • Safety
  • Surgery

Not only must AAHA accredited practices have written protocols and policies in place for these standards, they are also subject to periodic on-site inspections to verify compliance. AAHA accreditation is definitely earned. 

What AAHA accreditation Means to You and Your Pet

While AAHA accreditation brings our staff an unmeasurable amount of pride and helps us fulfill our mission, it also has many important implications for you and your pet.

An AAHA accredited practice:

  • Stays up to date on the latest and best in veterinary medicine
  • Knows the importance of personal growth and developing new skills
  • Provides care at the the highest possible level
  • Has the facilities, equipment, and training to provide your pet with the best quality of care
  • Is dedicated to the development of all employees from the Ward Attendants to the Veterinarians
  • Has onsite diagnostic capabilities including lab equipment and radiographs.
  • Takes Client service and care very seriously 

Knowing that Redwood Veterinary Hospital is AAHA accredited should make you feel confident about your pet’s care. As always, feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns.  And please join us as we celebrate 41 years of accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association.