Only 15 percent of U.S. animal hospitals are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association; AAHA standards are recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine.
San Francisco, Calif., May 11, 2009 – San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (SFVS), the first and only multi-specialty referral hospital in San Francisco, has received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.
Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the United States have achieved accreditation by the AAHA. In order to maintain accredited status, SFVS must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.
“SFVS belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the highest
standards in veterinary medicine,” said John Tait, DVM, AAHA president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, SFVS is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients.”
“SFVS is proud to be an accredited member of the AAHA. Our accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of veterinary care. AAHA standards are recognized around the world as the benchmark for quality care in veterinary medicine,” added Craig H. Maretzki, VMD, MS, DACVIM, medical director at SFVS. SFVS is one of the only AAHA-accredited multi-specialty hospitals in the Bay Area.
Established in 1933, the AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices throughout the United States and Canada for dedication to high standards of veterinary care. Approximately 3,000 AAHA-accredited practices pass regular reviews of AAHA’s stringent accreditation standards. For pet care information or referral to an AAHA-accredited practice, visit www.healthypet.com.