This Thursday, July 22nd, is the AAHA-Accredited hospital day.  AAHA is the American Animal Hospital Association. Every year AAHA celebrates the select few animal hospitals that have taken the extra steps to achieve excellence in animal care.

Not all animal hospitals are accredited. In fact, fewer than 10% in the tri-county area and only about 12 – 15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited. Charleston Animal Society was the first combined animal shelter and veterinary clinic in the southeast to earn AAHA accreditation in 2015. Only nine out of more than 80 animal hospitals in our tri-county area are AAHA-accredited.

Last year, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Charleston Animal Society administered 18,174 vaccinations, performed 6,657 spay/neuter procedures and saved 5,469 lives through 5,995 individualized in-shelter medical treatment plans.

What is AAHA?

Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals. To become AAHA accredited, practices undergo regular, comprehensive onsite evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate each practice on more than 900 standards of veterinary care.

AAHA seeks to lead the profession in the provision of the highest quality of care for companion animals by improving standards of care, championing accreditation, and supporting practices in all aspects of this pursuit.

Why Accreditation Matters

AAHA-accredited practices are at the heart of better care for pets and their people. They hold themselves to a higher standard (up to 900 higher standards, in fact). Pets are their passion, and keeping them healthy is their number-one priority. They strive to deliver excellent care for pets—because pets deserve nothing less.

Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams.

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