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The Gold Standard: What it Means to be AAHA Accredited

April 25, 2017, by Community Pet Hospital

Community Pet Hospital of Tigard is proud to be recognized through the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). While this special distinction isn’t on every pet owner’s radar, our alliance with this national organization ensures that our animal patients receive the best possible care. Only a small percentage of other hospitals receive this distinction, and we’re thrilled to pass on what it truly means for your pet to be cared for by an AAHA accredited provider.

True Innovation

The American Animal Hospital Association was formed in 1933 by veterinary professionals inspired by setting – and upholding – excellent standards. Beyond conducting and publishing current veterinary research, AAHA supports its members to achieve the greatness worthy of the alliance. Today, over 3,700 veterinary practices are AAHA accredited.

The Numbers Are In

Human hospitals follow strict protocols that elevate care, reduce mortality, and minimize complications. Veterinary hospitals are not required to be AAHA accredited, but when they are, pet owners can expect that best practices are always enforced. With third-party oversight, not only are high standards in play, but a pet owner can also expect better outcomes for their pet.

In other words, choosing an associated hospital leads to a better outcome. Who could argue with that?

Standardized Practices

As part of our membership, Community Pet Hospital of Tigard is periodically subjected to an inspection and comprehensive evaluation of 900 standardized protocols, such as:

  • The state of our entire facility, including pharmacy, offices, specialized ventilation systems, examination rooms, and surgical areas
  • Sterility
  • Humane handling
  • Disease prevention
  • Diagnostic capabilities
  • Anesthesia procedures
  • Surgical protocols
  • Dentistry
  • Emergency services
  • Nursing
  • Continued education of our staff to keep them current on all protocols (all vets with an AAHA accredited hospital are required to complete 50 hours per year)
  • Maintenance of medical records
  • Referrals to specialists

Our staff works very hard to keep our status as an AAHA accredited hospital and always strive to exceed expectations of a participating facility. What does this mean for our clients and patients? In short, we aim to deliver excellent customer service and high-caliber veterinary care.

Not All are AAHA Accredited

With over 20,000 small animal hospitals in the United States, an AAHA accredited practice operates under a large umbrella of standardized care. Not only does this ensure that patients are given the best service possible, but it is also consistent.

Your pet is our passion, and maintaining his or her health is our top priority. If you have any questions about other ways your pet could benefit from an AAHA accredited hospital, we encourage you to make an appointment. We’re happy to show you the difference that high standards can make! And don’t forget, every Tuesday is Vaccine Value Day where we offer discounted exams & vaccines, no appointment needed!