American Animal Hospital Association Accreditation

American Animal Hospital Association AccreditationWe have received the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation for our Lancaster Veterinary Hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.

At Lancaster Veterinary Hospital, we take great pride in the fact that we are AAHA accredited. We opened our hospital up to an outside evaluation process to achieve this highly sought AAHA accreditation. Our hospital is among the best and our standards positively impact the quality of care your pets receive while in our care. Accreditation is a big deal and having achieved it makes us proud.

AAHA 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).

AAHA-Accredited Animal Hospitals: Champions for Excellent Care

Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of animal hospitals have been approved following the stringent evaluation process of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

“AAHA Accredited” means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their AAHA status, 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, and only go in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner.

All Veterinary Hospitals Are Not Equal

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.

Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet. Visit