Would it surprise you to know that veterinary hospitals, unlike those for humans, do not have to be accredited by any outside agency? It’s true. In fact, fewer than 15 percent of veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
You may have assumed all veterinary hospitals were accredited by someone; research conducted by AAHA revealed that nearly 60 percent of all pet owners do. Or you may not have cared, figuring word of mouth and a quick trip to Yelp is all you need.
Just as you wouldn’t want your child operated on in a nonaccredited hospital, seeking out an accredited veterinary hospital should be second nature to you as a pet owner.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am proud to be a veterinarian and share my profession with so many extraordinary, hardworking individuals. Overwhelmingly, this is a career in which professionals choose the love of animals over the love of money. Veterinarians are literally at the bottom of the medical heap when it comes to making money. All other health care professionals—doctors, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and registered nurses—make more than we do. Of course, that...