In February El Cid Animal Clinic had a lot to celebrate about.

This clinic is accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association – a prestigious honor, given that only 12% of veterinary clinics in North America hold this accreditation.

Being AAHA accredited gives clients a tool for comparing clinics against each other, and allows peace of mind that standards are being maintained by a party outside of the clinic staff.

Unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals are not required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services.

To become AAHA-accredited, practices undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, which include the areas of: Patient care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, pain management, pharmacy, safety, surgery, client service, anesthesia, contagious disease, continuing education, dentistry, examination facilities, medical records, leadership and emergency/urgent care. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years, which ensures that hospitals are compliant with the Association’s mandatory standards.

El Cid Animal Clinic has held this accreditation since 2010, and last month was our inspection to keep this important label. The morning came, the staff smiled prettily and after several long hours of questions and looking around, the AAHA inspector gave us the all clear for another three years.

If you would like to know more about what having an AAHA accreditation means, have a look at their website: www.aaha.org.

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