Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. Only 12-15% of animal hospitals have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We are proud to have attained this AAHA accreditation and are one of only four hospitals in the entire Niagara Region that have met these very high standards!
In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body; they undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process. However, we feel it is important to practice excellent medicine and so are proud to have maintained our AAHA accreditation since 1978!
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).
We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, meaning that we practice a very high standard of care. Pets are our passion and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. At GRIMSBY ANIMAL HOSPITAL we strive to deliver excellent care for pets because your pets deserve nothing less. We hope you never move, but if you leave the area and are looking for a good veterinarian for your pet, be sure to look for a practice that has been AAHA accredited and has attained this same high standard of care as we have.
Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet.