We are a proud member of the American Animal Hospital Association
Did you know that accreditation is required for human hospitals, but voluntary for animal hospitals?
We’ve voluntarily chosen to go through the process of becoming accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) because we understand that your pet holds a valued place in your heart, and his/her health is important to us.
But, what does it mean to be accredited?
To be accredited by AAHA, our hospital must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service, and be measured against the most rigorous standards in the veterinary industry. Only 15% of animal hospitals in the United States and Canada are AAHA accredited, and we’re one of them!
During the accreditation process, we are evaluated based on AAHA’s standards of Accreditation – an extensive list of approximately 900 standards that directly relate to the care we are providing your pet. Some examples of these standards include:
- Diagnostic Services – We are required to provide x-ray and laboratory services in order to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet’s condition.
- Onsite Pharmacy – After diagnosis, our onsite pharmacy gives us the ability to immediately begin treatment.
- Medical Records – AAHA requires that medical records be thorough and complete, ensuring that we better understand your pet’s medical history and how past medical issues might be impacting their current medical status.
For more information about AAHA accreditation, please click on the AAHA logo.
Board Certified Specialists
Both Michael Thomsen, DVM and Ryan Less, DVM have earned the title “Diplomate” from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP).
What does that mean?
It means your veterinarian made the choice to undergo a very long, very difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist. This process can take up to six years to complete. The process, however, does not end at certification. ABVP Diplomates are required to re-certify every 10 years, something most other specialty groups do not require. In the end, the motivation behind achieving Diplomate status is, very simply, excellence.
How does this affect you?
You can rest easy knowing your animals are receiving expert treatment because your veterinarian feels a strong commitment to providing the best possible care available.
Certified Cat Friendly Practice
We are a Certified Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners! The AAFP created the Cat Friendly Practice program to help veterinary practices meet the wide range of unique needs of cats in a veterinary practice setting. An extensive self-assessment checklist was designed to demonstrate that Cat Friendly Practices:
- Understand the unique needs of cats and have made veterinary visits more cat-friendly.
- Understand how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner.
- Have an appropriate standard of equipment needed to investigate and treat feline diseases.
- Meets a standard for the facilities and care for hospitalized cats.
What does the CFP status mean to you?
For some cats and owners, a trip to the veterinarian can be stressful. Our goal is to create a more calming environment. Our staff members have been trained on how to approach and handle cats in a gentle, empathetic and caring manner. Our practice demonstrates a higher level of commitment and excellence in feline medicine.
To learn more about Cat Friendly Practices, please visit www.catvets.com.