We Are AAHA-Accredited

At Cat’s Corner Veterinary Hospital, we believe that the only way to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for our clients and their four-legged companions is to hold ourselves to the highest standards in veterinary medicine.  That’s why we’ve chosen to be an AAHA-accredited practice—it’s our promise of quality care and service to you and your cat.  Animal hospitals are not required to become AAHA-accredited, so it’s an honor for us to be able to maintain that distinction.

What is AAHA?

AAHA stands for American Animal Hospital Association.  Since 1933, AAHA, the sole companion animal veterinary association in existence, has been helping animal hospitals throughout North America attain new heights in quality and technological advancement.  Only about 12-15% of all animal hospitals in the United States and Canada can claim AAHA status, because the standards set by the association—more than 900—are extremely rigorous.  AAHA-accredited animal hospitals must meet or exceed these standards in order to maintain their accreditation.

Cat Hospital in Southbury

These standards cover every aspect of veterinary medicine: patient care, customer service, pain management, staff training, sterilization of instruments, equipment and rooms, and much more.  All AAHA practices must undergo strict evaluation every 3 years by AAHA experts to ensure that they’re adhering to these standards.

Cat’s Corner Veterinary Hospital Named Third Place Winner of 2012 Practice of the Year Awards

The goal of the AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year award is to recognize and celebrate the on-going advancement of veterinary medicine along with the outstanding achievements of AAHA-accredited practice teams.  Because of the over 900 standards every AAHA-accredited hospital is evaluated on, each has to push themselves in order to progress with the ever-changing standards.

“This one-doctor, dedicated feline practice employs the optimal balance of medical and support personnel to give its clients and patients the very best service.  In fact, they have a protocol they named the ‘Circle of Love: Client Bonding 101,'” said Mike Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, AAHA CEO and executive director.  “They routinely monitor client compliance and take extra measures to make sure that their patients’ health care recommendations are fulfilled. This includes educating pet owners during office visits; following up with reminders to clients by phone, regular mail and email; offering pre-paid fecal containers, and providing financing options.”

“AAHA believes that the success of a veterinary practice depends on the entire team working together to provide quality pet care,” said Dr. Cavanaugh. “These practices epitomize the word ‘team’ and they demonstrate a passionate commitment to veterinary excellence.”

To learn more about AAHA and what it means for an animal practice to be accredited, visit www.aaha.org/