Greetings, fellow pet lovers, I'm Dr. Jessica Torok from Urban Veterinary Associates in downtown Westmont. Today, I want to discuss what it means to be an AAHA-accredited practice.

Dr. Jessica Torok DVM
Urban Veterinary Associates

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association. This organization evaluates veterinary practices individually to ensure they meet and exceed veterinary standards of care. This includes a broad range of criteria, from pain management and anesthetic protocols to monitoring chronic medication use, physical exam parameters, and medical record keeping.

The evaluation covers approximately 1200 components, fifty of which are mandatory. These mandatory elements are crucial aspects like radiation safety, multimodal pain management, and record-keeping. The comprehensive evaluation ensures that we adhere to the highest standards.

When seeking veterinary care for your beloved animals, it's essential to understand that hospitals accredited by AAHA have chosen to undergo this rigorous process voluntarily. Unlike human medical facilities, where accreditation is mandatory, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Therefore, a non-AAHA accredited hospital may not meet these high standards of care. This is an important factor to consider when choosing the best care for your pets.

At our clinic, we have three doctors, all of whom are members of the American Animal Hospital Association. Our hospital has been accredited since its opening in 2017, underscoring our commitment to maintaining these standards. If you have any questions about what AAHA accreditation means for our practice, please don't hesitate to reach out. We're always here to assist you.

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