Why Choose an AAHA Accredited Hospital?

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 choosing a 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).

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