aahaAccredited Since The Beginning

Dunwoody Animal Medical Center has obtained accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association.

We are incredibly honored and proud of this designation. Fewer than 15% of veterinary practices in the United States are AAHA accredited because you must consistently demonstrate excellence in everything you do.

AAHA Accreditation Standards

To become an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, the practice must meet or exceed hundreds of standards. These standards cover all aspects of veterinary care and business and are constantly evolving to stay up-to-date with advancements in veterinary medicine and help hospitals stay at the forefront of the profession. Veterinary hospitals must meet mandatory standards in addition to AAHA’s point-based standards in the following categories:

  • Anesthesia — Anesthesia standards are in place to ensure anesthesia is safe and effective for every pet.
  • Dentistry — Dentistry standards ensure maximum safety and cleanliness, and mandate that dental cleanings are performed only on anesthetized pets.
  • Emergency and critical care — Critical care standards govern how patients and clients are handled and treated during emergencies and hospitalizations.
  • Human resources — Human resources standards ensure the back end of the business runs as smoothly and efficiently as the front end of pet care services.
  • Laboratory — Lab standards focus on sample collection and handling to maximize the chances of an accurate diagnosis.
  • Medical records — Records standards clearly dictate what should be included in each patient’s medical records.
  • Pain management — Pain management standards dictate how to assign pets a pain score and which drugs and drug combinations are best used in specific situations.
  • Patient care — Patient care covers a broad range of standards, including medical protocols and patient handling.
  • Pharmacy — Pharmacy standards ensure medications are stored and organized properly, and proper records are maintained.
  • Surgery — Surgery standards are heavily focused on safety and sterility.

The League of Champions

Consumers Advocate recently published an article “AAHA – The League of Champions”, which educates readers about AAHA and explains how it sets animal hospitals apart. AAHA-accredited practices weigh in on what makes accreditation important, and what it means for pets and their owners. 

Read the full article here.

Source: AAHA