Caring Hands Animal Hospital of Lake City, Florida has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading healthcare teams by AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association. Our anniversary and evaluation were May 2nd. We passed with flying colors due to our staff’s dedication to excellence!
Only 12-15% of animal hospitals are AAHA accredited. In the US, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited. They undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet healthcare, accreditation is voluntary. Accreditation is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.
What exactly does being AAHA accredited mean? We voluntarily submit to a rigorous review of our processes and continuing education to guarantee:
Each patient gets a thorough “whole pet” examination and treatment plan every time.
That, during anesthetic procedures, your pet is physically monitored by a well-trained, dedicated veterinary nurse and monitored with modern equipment.
That we are well equipped and trained to handle emergencies.
That we follow rigorous infection control policies for your health, your pet’s health, our staff’s health, and the wellbeing of the community in general.
That your pet’s comfort is priority during restraint for procedures and treated with compassion through staff training.
This is just a short list of some of our and AAHA’s priorities. We are evaluated on approximately 900 different standards that cover oral health care, nutritional assessment, quality imaging (radiographs and ultrasound) services, premium surgical services, preventative health care and vaccines, fluid therapy, infection and biosecurity control, diabetes management, pain management, life stage considerations, weight management, end of life care, and oncology. Finally, those standards also make sure we are top-notch in something we hold sacred: client service.
Please congratulate our staff for this prestigious accomplishment (again)! You and your pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our number one priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care and client service. Because you and your pets deserve nothing less.
-Bethany A. Cody, DVM