The American Animal Hospital Association was founded in November 1933 in Chicago. About 100 veterinarians attending the American Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting in August had nominated Dr. Mark Morris to chair a committee to plan a new association. The other members of the committee were Drs. D. A. Eastman, A. R. Theobald, L. H. Lafond, J. F. McKenna, J. V. Lacroix, and S. W. Haigler. These seven veterinarians saw the need to improve the practice of small-animal medicine and recognized that a national, fraternal association that promoted the exchange of information could facilitate improved standards and continuing education from the profession.

Two years later, the Association was formally incorporated. On October 18, 1935, the State of Illinois granted a charter to the American Animal Hospital Association.

The founders emphasized the importance of small-animal practice and felt that veterinarians were obligated to provide better facilities and methods than were generally available. That philosophy is still a guiding principle of AAHA today. It has also helped stimulate and maintain the growth and development of the practice of small-animal medicine throughout the world.

Today AAHA is respected internationally for its dedication to professional development, hospital standards, outstanding publications, and the excellence of its education programs. Its organizational strength is a tribute to the vision of its founders and the leadership and dedication of the many veterinarians who have devoted their time and energy to serving the Association through the years. As a result, the Association continues to be on the leading edge of the veterinary profession.

AAHA Standards of Accreditation

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation include more than 900 individual standards and 8 major sections. A highly qualified, trained consultant evaluates all applicable standards in the following sections during an evaluation:

• Anesthesia
• Client Service
• Contagious Disease
• Continuing Education
• Dentistry
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Emergency/Urgent Care
• Examination Facilities
• Housekeeping and Maintenance
• Human Resources
• Laboratory
• Leadership
• Medical Records
• Pain Management
• Patient Care
• Pharmacy
• Safety
• Surgery

We are very proud to be an accredited AAHA hospital member, a distinction claimed by only 15 percent of the small-animal facilities in North America.