Why guidelines matter

Veterinary practice guidelines, including the 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, help ensure that pets get the best possible care. From medical director to veterinary assistant, guidelines keep your hospital staff on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine.

The 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats is a complete and medically sound compilation of updates, insights, advice, and recommendations for an oncology diagnosis and treatment. These guidelines help ensure all pets have the benefits of correct diagnosis and management of their cancer to maintain the best quality of life possible throughout their lifetime.

AAHA guidelines review the latest information to help veterinary staff address central issues and perform essential tasks to improve the health of the pet. In addition, AAHA guidelines define the role of each staff member so that everyone on the healthcare team can work together to offer the best-quality medical care.

Guidelines are just that: a guide established by experts in a particular area of veterinary medicine. Guidelines do not outweigh the veterinarian’s clinical judgment; instead, AAHA guidelines help veterinarians develop and carry out treatment plans that meet each patient’s individual needs and circumstances.

Aligning your practice’s protocols with AAHA guideline recommendations is a key step in ensuring that your practice continues to deliver best-quality care. To support your dedicated efforts, AAHA is pleased to offer this toolkit. Here you will find facts, figures, highlights, tips, client and staff handouts, and other tools you can use every day to implement the recommendations of the 2016 AAHA Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats.

Thank you for helping to advance our shared mission to deliver the best in companion animal medical care. Together, we can make a difference!

Michael T. Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (C/F)
AAHA Chief Executive Director