what is aahaYour Pet. Our Priority.

Making and keeping pets well has been our mission since 1958. However, as the years progressed and new needs arose at our practice, we wanted to offer even more to our patients and to their owners. Fueled by this desire to offer high-quality, state-of-the-art care and exceptional client care, Palos Animal Hospital made the decision to seek accreditation with AAHA in 1979. We are pleased to say that we have been an AAHA-accredited practice ever since.

What Is AAHA?

AAHA is an acronym for the American Animal Hospital Association, the only accrediting organization for companion animal hospitals in the U.S. and in Canada. This organization was established more than 80 years ago by a team of veterinary professionals who wanted to help veterinary professionals effectively manage their businesses and deliver the best in companion animal care. The mission of AAHA has been the same ever since. To accomplish the mission of providing pets with the best possible veterinary care, AAHA created a list of over 900 veterinary benchmarks, which are collectively referred to as the Standard of Excellence.

How Our Accreditation Benefits You and Your Pet

Palos Animal Hospital is regularly inspected every few years by AAHA to ensure that we maintain our compliance with these standards, which include:

  • Record keeping
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Housekeeping
  • Client services

AAHA Veterinary Hospital in Palos HeightsOur choice to become accredited indicates our dedication to pets of Palos Heights as well as to the people who love them. We abide by AAHA’s high standards in our services as well as our technology and equipment, so you can be confident that your pet will be in good hands while in our care. Approximately 15% of all veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada have earned the honor of being AAHA-accredited, and Palos Animal Hospital is proud to be one of them.

You can learn more about how our accreditation with AAHA benefits both you and your pet by viewing the video below by AAHA Executive Director Michael Cavanaugh.