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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    • Catherine WyattCatherine Wyatt

      I have 9 furbabies and I love them very much... I am extremely confident in both Dr Gimble and Dr D....they're not only knowledgeable, but they're two of the most caring people I have ever met. I take my babies health very seriously as this is a very big responsibility on my part to care for them ...they are my kids ofc, so naturally I want them to have the best care and to me I have no worries while in the hands of these fine doctors and their amazing staff. Thank you for giving my kids the best of care ~ Love u all <3

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    • Joy De La VegaJoy De La Vega

      We have been so BLESSED to have your wonderful care to Yang and Parker!

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      The staff was very nice and very thorough with my little Elvira! I would highly recommend this place to anyone who needs an amazing vet and staff and reasonable prices!

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    • Jackie FoxJackie Fox

      The staff is very professional and friendly
      Dr G is a great veterinarian

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      This was my first visit. I was able to have my new assistance animal seen.
      The staff made it happen. Assured me my puppy was not in any danger. I will definitely return! Thanx again!

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      We are a brand new client with this animal hospital. Our dog was exhibiting signs of a UTI are kidney issues. The were prompt ,Coumadin professional. They were able to see us later in the day. The entire staff was kind, courteous and knowledgeable. After listening to me list the signs I had observed. Our dog was given a full examination, and some tests were run. Very confident that we now have two very knowledgeable, compassionate and caring animal hospitals to use. We are “snowbirds “. They came recommended by neighbors, and y Yelp.
      We were very pleased, and grateful to them all. Would highly recommend them to anyone in the area.

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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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