During the opening session of its annual conference the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) announced Prescott Animal Hospital of Prescott, Ariz., and MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets of Worthington, Ohio, as the winners of its AAHA-Accredited Practice of the year awards, according to an association release.
Prescott Animal Hospital received first place in the general practice category, while MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets won first place in the referral practice category.
The awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of accredited practice teams, the release states. Entries were evaluated according to their most recent AAHA accreditation score, mission, vision and vision, practice design and more.
AAHA accreditation, which is voluntary, is based on more than 900 individual standards in the categories of patient care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratories, exam facilities and more. “AAHA believes that the success of a veterinary practice depends on the entire team working together to provide excellent care for pets and their people,” says AAHA CEO Mike Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, in the release. “All of these accredited practices are staffed by high-performing veterinary teams who demonstrate a passionate commitment to veterinary excellence.” To maintain accreditation, hospitals must be evaluated regularly.
Second, third and finalist places were also announced. In the general practice category, New Frontier Animal Medical Center of Sierra Vista, Ariz., was awarded second place, Kew Beach Veterinary Hospital of Toronto, Ontario, took third and Jefferson Animal Hospital and Emergency Center of Louisville, Ky., was the finalist. The finalist in the referral practice category was Saint Francis Veterinary Center of Woolwich Township, N.J.