Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls has earned a new certification from the American Animal Hospital Association! We are now specialty accredited!
After much planning and preparation, in December 2015 we proudly achieved AAHA referral (specialty) accreditation! This is great news for patients and pet owners. Currently, there are only 150 veterinary referral practices who have earned this top honor!
In 2012, we achieved accreditation for our general practice and we have been re-accredited each year since. Only 12% of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada are AAHA-accredited, and we are very excited to be one of them.
What is an AAHA-accredited referral practice?
Hospitals that have earned this accreditation have been evaluated on practice methods, standards of patient care, and quality of the facility and medical equipment by trained AAHA consultants. Maintaining this accreditation requires regular AAHA evaluations.
According to AAHA standards, AAHA-accredited referral practices are required to have a board-certified veterinarian on staff for each specialty within the hospital. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls not only has one of the widest variety of specialty department available, but most departments have more than one specialist in each one.
A specialist is a veterinarian who has completed the requirements of their specialty board (cardiology, dermatology, surgery, etc.). The process begins with undergraduate training and four years of veterinary school followed by an internship and a residency in their specialized field (an additional three to five years of training). Afterwards, there is a rigorous examination to achieve board-certification status from the specific organization that oversees that specialty. Passing this examination grants the status of Diplomate of that particular college (for example, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons).
AAHA, or the American Animal Hospital Association, is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal veterinary practices, setting the highest standards for veterinary care. Achieving accreditation ensures that we provide quality care to our patients and clients by following established AAHA standards in daily practice.
Achieving AAHA-Accreditation is voluntary, and a lot of work! But it is worth it because it shows our commitment to quality care. To comply, we must meet over 900 standards that span all hospital departments – medical and support. Re-accreditation takes place every 2-3 years to verify our compliance and ensure we are up-to-date with new AAHA standards.
All hospital departments must meet specific AAHA standards. Here are some examples of what protocols must be in place for the hospital, as a whole, to achieve certification.
Looking for a hospital that is AAHA-accredited is important to many pet owners. It ensures that patients receive the highest quality care from well trained, professional veterinary teams. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls is proud to be one of those hospitals! To learn more, visit www.aaha.org