Established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession, AAHA is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals. To become AAHA accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular, comprehensive onsite evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate each practice on more than 900 standards of veterinary care. Today, more than 4,500 practice teams (12%–15% of veterinary practices in the United States and Canada) are AAHA accredited or pre-accredited.
The association also develops publications, educational programs, and resources designed to help companion animal hospitals thrive. The AAHA membership philosophy is team-focused, allowing every hospital team member, from veterinarians to receptionists, to benefit from AAHA’s resources through one team member.
AAHA is also a founding member of Partners for Healthy Pets and is a member of the Human-Animal Bond Research Initiative Steering Committee.