Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center achieves AAHA Accreditation

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence at both locations following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The VMC-Columbus, located at 601 Vernon Tharp St., and the VMC-Dublin, located at 5020 Bradenton Ave., have both earned AAHA accreditation. The VMC-Columbus has now been continuously accredited since 1975 (38 years), and the VMC-Dublin achieved this important status after being open for just six months. The accreditation process includes a rigorous review of the hospitals’ patient care, practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.

Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.

“I would like to congratulate the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center on vigilantly keeping up with advancements in veterinary medicine and adhering to the Association’s high standards,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, AAHA chief executive officer. “They are clearly committed to doing their very best as evidenced by the hard work and effort they put into this voluntary process.”

Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited.

Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams.

Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association. To maintain accredited status, the Veterinary Medical Center must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA.

The VMC-Columbus can be reached at 614-292-3551 (dogs and cats) or vet.osu.edu/vmc; and the VMC- Dublin, can be reached at 614-889-8070 or online vet.osu.edu/vmc-dublin.

For more information about accreditation, visit www.healthypet.com, or connect on Facebook and “like” the American Animal Hospital Association.

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About AAHA

AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state regulations. The Association is an international organization comprised of more than 45,000 veterinary professionals who are committed to excellence in companion animal care. Established in 1933, the Association is well-known among veterinarians for its leadership in the profession, high standards for veterinary practices and pet health care, and most importantly, its accreditation of companion-animal practices.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 33,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patient visits each year, at two locations: on campus and in Dublin, Ohio. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.