The American Animal Hospital Association
Iron Bridge Animal Hospital is a fully accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Since its beginning, AAHA has been committed to excellence. The founders were convinced that small animal practice was important and that it was necessary to provide better facilities and methods than generally were available.
Established in 1933, AAHA is well known among veterinarian and pet owners for its standards for veterinary hospitals and pet health care. AAHA presently serves approximately 6,000 practice teams in the US and Canada, and over 36,000 veterinary care providers in North America and overseas. Trained consultants regularly visit these hospitals to ensure compliance with AAHA's standards for services and facilities.
Today AAHA is respected internationally for its dedication to professional development, for its hospital accreditation standards, and for the excellence of its education programs. This recognition and the strength of the organization is a tribute to the vision of its founders and to the leadership and dedication of the many veterinarians and other veterinary professionals who have devoted time and energy to serve AAHA through the years as directors, officers, member representatives, and committee members.
That philosophy is still alive and well as a guiding principle of AAHA today. It has helped stimulate and maintain the growth and development not only of the association, but of the practice of small animal medicine throughout the world.
We are happy to announce that Iron Bridge Animal Hospital has successfully passed another accreditation assessment this past January 2008. This assessment evaluated over 900 standards covering Patient Care, Medical Records, Radiology, Facilities, Housekeeping, Laboratory, Safety, Leadership, Continuing Education, Dental Care and much, much more. The focus this session was on written protocols for most of the procedures in our hospital. I want to congratulate the whole staff for their teamwork in the success of this accreditation review.