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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    • Patricia Tallia PengitorePatricia Tallia Pengitore

      we are newcomers to Ocean Breeze and Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital. Under the worst possible conditions of Corona virus the staff made us feel so comfortable and protected. My yellow lab Buckley was treated with kindness and respect. Dr. DeFabio was informative, thorough and easy to talk to. I welcomed his comforting manner but more importantly so did Buckley.

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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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    • Jean ColemanJean Coleman

      You get a warm, friendly,but professional feeling on a visit to OCEAN BREEZE. I have been using their service and so have other members of my family for many years. Thank you Samantha, Dr Legg,and all who are always ready to help.

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    • Patty KasemanPatty Kaseman

      Was able to get our dog in quickly. Since we are in the middle of the pandemic they came out to the car and took her in immediately. she was done within a half hour. We were given the needed medication and on our way within the hour. Thank you for the quick service and your caring attitude towards our dog.

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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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    • Jeffrey CoeJeffrey Coe

      Everyone was very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.

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    • Kim FloodKim Flood

      Great vets and staff ! Binx was impressed too !!

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