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NOVA Cat Clinic is proud to be an accredited AAHA Member.


(AAHA) American Animal Hospital Association 

Established in 1933, AAHA is well-known among veterinarians and pet owners for its hospital and pet health care standards. Approximately 3,000 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program. Trained consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s standards for services and facilities. Individual veterinarians can also be members of AAHA.

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) serves veterinarians and staff members who deliver veterinary medical care to pets. In addition to providing educational programs and publications, and various services to practices, the Association publishes Standards for veterinary practices. Those practices that undergo periodic on-site evaluation by AAHA staff may become Accredited by the Association. Membership in AAHA and participation in the Accreditation Program is voluntary.

The Standards and the Accreditation Program

The Standards developed and published by AAHA are widely accepted as representing those components of veterinary practice that represent high-quality care. The Standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation address the following areas:


  1. Dentistry

  2. Emergency services

  3. Pain management

  4. Patient care

  5. Surgery and anesthesia

  6. Contagious disease protocols

  7. Radiology services

  8. Laboratory services

  9. Pharmacy

  10. Client service

  11. Staff continuing education and training

  12. Human resources and leadership

  13. Patient and staff safety

  14. Pet medical records

  15. Examination facilities and equipment

  16. Housekeeping and maintenance

All AAHA-accredited practices voluntarily meet or exceed the association’s facilities, equipment, and quality procedures standards.

Those practices that wish to be accredited complete a lengthy application process, culminating with an on-site visit by a veterinary professional employed by AAHA. Those practices that are found to comply with the policies and Standards requirements established by the Association are awarded AAHA-Accredited Practice status. To maintain accreditation, the practice must undergo periodic reviews and additional on-site evaluations every three years.


AAHA also accredits species-specific and specialty veterinary practices. The association offers accreditation for avian courses, feline practices, emergency, and critical care hospitals, house call/mobile practices, central hospitals, and hospitals emphasizing surgery or dentistry.

AAHA-accredited practices are truly distinctive in providing the highest quality care for pets. AAHA standards are recognized worldwide as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine. The Standards of Accreditation are written for veterinary health care staff and AAHA members only.

What Accreditation Means for Pet Owners

Choosing an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice for your pet’s medical care assures you that the practice you selected has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medical protocols AAHA believes are essential for delivering high-quality care. Further, voluntary commitment to the AAHA Standards and the Accreditation Program demonstrates that the practice has chosen to have itself measured by an outside organization against the most rigorous published Standards in the industry.

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