We're always looking for new ways to give pets and their owners a stellar experience at Santa Monica Pet Medical Center. Years ago we decided to seek accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association. As an AAHA-accredited animal hospital, we offer much more than your average practice. All of our veterinarians and supporting team members are compliant with AAHA guidelines, holding ourselves to the highest possible standards in veterinary care.
The American Animal Hospital Association was created in 1933 to increase veterinary practice standards and improve patient and client care. Accreditation is not mandatory; in fact, only 12-15% of all animal hospitals in the US and Canada are accredited today.
Santa Monica Pet Medical Center is proud to have achieved this distinction but more importantly, we're proud to better serve you. Practices seeking accreditation must have their entire staff on board to meet approximately 900 different veterinary standards. Furthermore, AAHA-accredited hospitals need to undergo inspection every three years to remain accredited.
Higher standards in veterinary medicine also means a higher standard of care for you and your pet. We adhere to AAHA guidelines in all areas including:
Surgery and anesthesia safety
Wellness exams and vaccines
Sterilization and hygienic practices
Handling and storage for medications
Keeping detailed patient records