AAHA Standards of Accreditation

AAHA-accredited practices are at the heart of better care for pets and their people

AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. AAHA-accredited practices are evaluated on stringent quality standards that encompass all aspects of veterinary medicine—from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping. AAHA's standards are continuously updated to keep accredited practice teams at the forefront of the profession.

Today, approximately 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation. 

Traditional Standards     Referral Standards

End-of-Life Care Standards


What do the AAHA Standards of Accreditation mean?

When 2019 AAHA-accredited Referral Practice of the Year Winner Pet Specialists of Monterey first opened, there were no guidelines for standards of care. So they decided to pursue AAHA accreditation.

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