American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

American Animal Hospital Association—Offering the Peace-Of-Mind of National Accreditation

AAHA’s website

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of more than 33,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care. Approximately 3,000 veterinary hospitals voluntarily participate in the AAHA hospital evaluation program. Trained consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA’s standards for services and facilities. Individual veterinarians can also be members of AAHA.

Friendship Hospital for Animals is one of the less than 12 percent of North American veterinary hospitals accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA accreditation means that we meet strict standards for excellence in all areas of patient care, surgery and sanitation. Regular AAHA evaluation, inspection and consultations assure you of the highest quality care each and every time you trust your pet to our team of professionals. Friendship has been an AAHA member hospital since 1950!

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation address the following areas:

  • Dentistry
  • Emergency services
  • Pain management
  • Patient care
  • Surgery and anesthesia
  • Contagious disease protocols
  • Radiology services
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy
  • Client service
  • Staff continuing education and training
  • Human resources and leadership
  • Patient and staff safety
  • Pet medical records
  • Examination facilities and equipment
  • Housekeeping and maintenance