By April Smith, LVT of Preston Road Animal hospital
As humans we expect our medical professionals and facilities to maintain
a high standard of care in all areas. Why should it be any different for
our non-human family members? Keeping pets healthy is a priority, and
excellence of care is crucial because pets deserve nothing less. When
veterinarian in Dallas, you will want to look for an AAHA accredited hospital.
Accreditation of a human hospital is a process in which all areas of the
hospital are scrutinized and evaluated to ensure that the facility is
maintained to the highest standard of care. Accreditation is required
for human hospitals, but is voluntary for animal hospitals. To be AAHA
accredited, these veterinary hospitals are held to a higher standard than
non-accredited veterinary hospitals.
AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association, is the only organization
in the United States and Canada that sets any standard of care in veterinary
medicine. AAHA accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in
the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary
medical care. The Standards of which the practices are evaluated are continuously
updated and reviewed to keep veterinary hospitals on the edge of veterinary
excellence. Over 900 individual standards are reviewed during regular
on site evaluations to maintain accreditation. All areas of the practice
are evaluated and standards address patient care, pain management, surgery,
pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency
services, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, and continuing education.
These standards directly correlate to the quality of care that is provided
to your pet.
When you take your pet to an AAHA accredited
veterinary hospital in Dallas you can be confident that the practice is providing only the highest level
of veterinary care to your pets and it shows in their abilities and in
their compassion. For example, in surgery and anesthesia, dedicated team
members are utilized to monitor a pet's condition and the practice
is required to maintain certain monitoring equipment. Medical records
are in-depth and detailed. Pain management is provided on all levels.
In clinic and outside laboratory facilities are available. Customer service
and client education is a primary focus.
Practices that are accredited also have access to pet health resources
and information from the
American Animal Hospital Association. Additional support from the AAHA
includes continuing education and staff training resources so that all
team members in the practice have the most up-to-date
knowledge on treatments of various illnesses and diseases. Just like human
medicine, veterinary medicine is always evolving. There is a broad range
of advanced treatment options available to pets, and medical equipment
is becoming more sophisticated. AAHA accredited hospitals strive to continually
update their practices to match standards.
Preparing for an evaluation often takes weeks to months and is a collaborative
effort by all team members and is an important factor in quality pet care.
It takes an entire team to build an AAHA accredited practice and maintain
the high standard of care. The doctors and staff are all dedicated to
maintaining the high level of care and work together to make sure the
pets in their care are treated like family rather than patients. Pet owners
are consulted on all aspects of their pets care and treatment plans are
individualized for each patient.
Pet owners can feel reassured about the care their pets receive at AAHA
accredited hospitals. There is a saying among business leaders: Good management
is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things. Accreditation
assures you that your veterinarian does both.
AAHA accredited practices exist throughout the country and this ensures
that your pet can be seen by an accredited facility wherever you are.
Not only that, but there are even accredited specialty and emergency practices
so your pet can have access to even more advanced medical care should
the need arise.
Overall, to be AAHA accredited is to belong to a small, prestigious group
of veterinary practices that believe that all pets should be offered the
best care available.
Preston Road Animal Hospital has been AAHA accredited for over 50 years
– the longest accreditation in the DFW metroplex. We are also proud
to announce that Meadow Brook Animal Hospital has joined the ranks as
an AAHA accredited hospital in late 2014.
All of our doctors and staff are exceptionally proud to be a part of this
elite group and we are willing and ready to provide you with outstanding
medical care. To schedule a veterinary exam at our AAHA accredited animal
clinic, call us today at (469) 522-3712 (north Dallas) or (972) 529-5033
(McKinney / Frisco).