Perhaps you’ve heard of AAHA. Maybe you’re familiar with the red-and-white logo you’ve seen at your pet’s veterinary hospital. But did you know the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) helps veterinary professionals and pet owners better care for best friends? Here’s how!

AAHA sets the standard of excellence in veterinary medicine

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation are composed of 940 standards and 18 categories covering all areas of veterinary practice—from anesthesia and pain management to record keeping and client communication. AAHA’s practice consultants visit veterinary hospitals striving to earn or maintain their AAHA accreditation and evaluate them based on the AAHA Standards of Accreditation.

AAHA is a powerful influencer of the veterinary profession

With nearly 4,000 accredited veterinary practices and 43,000 veterinary professionals, AAHA is a powerful influencer of the veterinary profession. Our members are the “cream of the crop”—those who value striving to be the best of the best and delivering the highest possible quality of veterinary care. AAHA also influences veterinary medicine by producing guidelines for veterinary care, which are peer-reviewed and used by more than 87% of AAHA members. Our guidelines cover topics ranging from pet dentistry to vaccinations to end-of-life care.

AAHA helps veterinary healthcare teams provide the highest quality of care

The content AAHA creates—whether it’s published in Trends magazine, in the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, in our blogs and e-newsletters, or in one of the many books published by AAHA Press—is seen by thousands of veterinary professionals and pet owners every month. Our beautiful, award-winning, industry-leading content helps veterinary healthcare teams provide the highest quality care for pets.

AAHA provides world-class practice management education

Among the veterinary profession, AAHA is known for our world-class practice management education. In recent years, much of our focus has been on improving the wellbeing of veterinary professionals and the workplace culture in veterinary practices. By decreasing burnout and compassion fatigue and improving work-life balance and overall wellbeing, everyone wins, including pets.

AAHA is the heart of better care for pets and their people

Since AAHA began in 1933, everything we’ve done, we’ve done with one goal in mind: to help veterinary professionals provide exceptional care for companion animals. We want your veterinarian to be happy, healthy, and on top of the latest innovations in veterinary medicine. And, we want your pet to be happy and healthy so you can enjoy a long, wonderful life together.

Perhaps you’ve heard of AAHA. Now, you really know who they really are – and why AAHA-accredited veterinary practices make the perfect choice for your pet’s care!


As the only organization that accredits veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) sets the standard for quality veterinary care for companion animals. Learn more about the AAHA Standards of Accreditation and how they impact the veterinary care your pet receives by visiting, and find an AAHA-accredited veterinary practice near you at

May 16, 2019
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