Since 1987, Aloha Animal Hospital Associates has earned the coveted American Animal Hospital Association Accreditation. This designation puts Aloha Animal Hospital Associates into an elite group of veterinarians comprised of just 15 percent of North America's small animal hospitals. Only a handful of veterinary clinics in Hawaii have ever received the AAHA accreditation.
"Discerning pet owners look for this designation, especially when their pet's health condition is serious,"
- Douglas K.Y. Chang, DVM, Aloha Animal Hospital
To earn the designation, the American Animal Hospital Association conducted a thorough on-site evaluation of Aloha Animal Hospital Associates' overall practices, veterinarians and medical staff, administrative staff and medical equipment. It certified that Aloha Animal Hospital Associates met or exceeded more than 900 standards in 20 major disciplines such as:
- Critical Care
- Pain Management
"Aloha Animal Hospital Associates belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the very highest standards in veterinary medicine. AAHA-accredited hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of medical protocols and practices. Aloha Animal Hospital Associates continues to demonstrate its ongoing dedication to the highest and best standards in care."
AAHA Importance to You and Your Pet
- AAHA President John Tait, DVM
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is well-known among veterinarians and pet owners for its high standards in veterinary practices and quality pet care.
AAHA is the only organization that accredits animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Approximately 3,000 AAHA-accredited hospitals voluntarily choose to be evaluated on 900 standards in the following areas: quality of care, diagnostic and pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility. Consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s Standards of Accreditation for services and facilities.
Why does this matter to you? Here are a few examples of how AAHA’s standards impact you and your pet.
- The Standards require hospitals to provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) so that they can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet.
- The Standards focus on the quality of care in the areas of: anesthesia, contagious diseases, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.
- Accredited hospitals have an onsite pharmacy (another standards area) so they can begin treatment immediately.
- AAHA Standards require that medical records be thorough and complete to help practitioners better understand your pet’s medical history and how past health issues might be impacting their current medical status.
The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, developed and published by AAHA, are widely accepted as representing those components of veterinary practice that represent high-quality care. The Standards are periodically reviewed and updated to ensure that they remain consistent with evolving knowledge and technology.
Accreditation helps veterinary hospitals stay on the leading edge of veterinary medicine and provide the quality and range of services you and your pet deserve.
You can visit www.healthypet.com
for information regarding AAHA and what it means for your pet.
Dr. Chang (left) being presented an award recognizing Aloha Animal Hospital's 25 years of accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The award was presented at AAHA's Annual Conference in Denver, CO.