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256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

Ever wondered what AAHA means? It stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. AAHA is the premier accreditation for animal hospitals across North America and each of our four partner hospitals are independently accredited. This means that wherever you are in the city, you can quickly and easily find an animal hospital with guaranteed standards and quality of care.

In 1933 a group of veterinary leaders decided to form an association that would serve as a guideline and a companion accreditation to their profession. The result was the AAHA. In the process of setting “the standard of veterinary excellence,” AAHA’s core mission has always remained the same:

  • To enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
  • To enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
  • To meet the public’s needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine

Being an AAHA member is more than just prestige, it is a responsibility! AAHA sets standards for medical care and services for all of its clinics and being a member means having to continually reach and maintain the excellent service expected. It ensures that each and every animal hospital and its doctors stay current with their knowledge of medicine, best practices and standards of care.  Thus giving your pet the benefit of the most up-to-date services and industry knowledge.

Some of the AAHA enhanced standards of accreditation cover the following areas:

Anesthesia: Methods for assessing anesthetic needs in patients and appropriateness of equipment

Contagious Disease: Protocols, processes and facilities to handle contagious diseases and avoid outbreaks

Dentistry: Safe dental procedures that protect both the patient and staff members

Diagnostic Imaging: Diagnostic imaging protocols that create a safe environment for both the patient and staff members

Emergency: Equipment handling and process for emergencies

Examination Room: Properly equipped for thorough examinations

Housekeeping: Cleanliness

Laboratory: Laboratory services for the prompt diagnosis of patients

Medical Records: Continuity of care through medical record details

Pain Management: Pain assessment, management and training

Patient Care: Humane and advantageous care to patients during all aspects of their visit

Pharmacy: Proper handling, storing and dispensing of medications

Safety: Safety of environment for patients, clients and team

Surgery: Patient safety in an aseptic environment with appropriate pre- and post-operative considerations

If you have any questions about the AHAA check out their website for more information. Alternately, feel free to call any one of our AHAA accredited hospitals including Beaches Animal hospital, Bloor Animal Hospital, Downtown Animal Hospital and Willowdale Animal Hospital, and our friendly staff will be more than happy to address your questions!

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