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American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is a non-profit organization for companion animal veterinarians. It was established in 1933. The association develops benchmarks of excellence, business practice standards, publications and educational programs. AAHA serves approximately 6,000 practice teams in the United States and Canada that are composed of more than 40,000 individual veterinary care providers. Nearly 3,000 of the total practice teams are accredited.


To become American Animal Hospital Association-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.

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