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AAHA Accredited

We provide cutting-edge medical & surgical care. Did you know that we are one of only 12 to 15% of practices in the US and Canada to be an AAHA-accredited hospital? This means we meet or exceed 940 standards of accreditation over 18 categories. This covers all areas of veterinary practice, including internal medicine, anesthesia, surgery, pain management, staff training, and record keeping. AAHA guidelines provide evidence-based protocols for dogs & cats, which results in the best care possible for your pet.  

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What is AAHA Accreditation

St. Charles Animal Hospital is proud to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.  Our accreditation means that we hold ourselves to the highest standards.  Pets are our passion.  And keeping them healthy is our number one priority.  Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets because your pets deserve nothing less.

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's 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).  Only 12-15% of animal hospitals have received this distinct accreditation.

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

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