AAHA-Accredited 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 gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited hospital.

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.

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).

We are an AAHA-accredited 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.

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

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    • Zai DeGuzman LaffitteZai DeGuzman Laffitte

      Dr. Gimbal saw our dog, Lady Bird, today and was so thorough and helpful. He treated us and her with care and patience, more so than any other vets we've seen. He loves what he does and that was very evident. Thank you so much!

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    • Sharon ForsythSharon Forsyth

      Dr Legg & her vet tech did a fantastic job handling my 90 lb. lab who can really be difficult. Service at the front desk is also superb. Dr. Graves would be happy to know how well you're taking care of his patients.

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    • JoAnn Yelichek-HuntJoAnn Yelichek-Hunt

      I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital. They are so kind, caring and knowledgeable.

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    • Rebecca DeeganRebecca Deegan

      We took zues to see the doc today and even though he was an excited jumpy beast everything went so great! The staff is amazing and he loved them! Thanks again to the great staff!!

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    • Rosie FernandezRosie Fernandez

      excellent care, wonderful technicians, very compassionate and caring veterinarians

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    • Laura GeigerLaura Geiger

      I want to make an official post commending Dr Julie Santagata Paulsen and Dr Nathan Gimball and their team at Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital...

      While Dr Gimbal was away, I was frantic when i came in to see them. Dr Paulsen put my heart and mind at ease. Dr Paulsen is compassionate and has a terrific bedside manor. This all occured during a very upsetting time for me with my 18 year old dog Tina.. when Dr Gimball returned he reviewed Tina's chart from her visit with Dr Paulsen and both of them agreed on the diagnosis. Dr Gimball performed Tina's surgery and the surgery went fantastic ! Tina looks and acts like a spring chicken !! You should see her, her face looks less stressed and there's a sparkle in her eyes again !!

      Between Dr Gimball and Dr Paulsen, I have complete confidence in both vets and their staff !! I cannot say enough about them and Ocean Breeze Animal hospital.

      If your a fan of Dr Gimball, you will love Dr Paulsen !! She is a wonderful addition to Ocean Breeze and I'm thrilled shes there !

      I thank them from the bottom of my heart !!

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    • Mary JacksonMary Jackson

      We have been clients for many years. We consistently receive great care for our pets, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We always recommend Ocean Breeze for vet care and boarding!!

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