In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body; 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 health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence, and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).
Animal Clinic Del Rancho has earned the Certified Cat Friendly Practice designation from the American Assocation of Feline Practitioners. The training and changes required to attain this certification means that you and your cat can enjoy a stress-free visit to our clinic!
With the comfort of your cat in mind, we implemented techniques that will help to keep them calm. This includes the use of pheromones, feline-only spaces, and feline-specific equipment and procedures. Our staff has been specially trained to handle cats to prevent stress during examinations and procedures.
Our work is truly a labor of love, and the rewards are the satisfaction of making a difference when a pet’s health is restored, or of providing comfort in times of loss. We take the responsibility of caring for your canine and feline family members very seriously. When you need us, we will be there for you.