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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    • Joe EdgeJoe Edge

      Dr Julie is AWESOME. She is a very compassionate professional who looks out for the best interest of our dogs ;)

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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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    • Lilly Van PettenLilly Van Petten

      I feel so fortunate to find this hospital for my little dog Precious. Dr. Paulsen was not only competent with her diagnoses but a caring & compassionate person. Furthermore, she put my dog's need before financial gains which speaks highly of her integrity. She could have treated my dog for cancer but steered me to the Animal Cancer Clinic where she thought would be more economical for me. Yet she was the full backup whenever we needed her. When dealing with your beloved sick pet, you can be assured they will be in good hands from the doctors & the staff of this establishment.

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    • Rebecca DeeganRebecca Deegan

      By far the most caring and helpful vet I've ever been too. Dr. Gimbal is amazing and helped us get our cat ...chaos... All better and good to go. Sam at the front desk was amazing as well. I highly recommend them and I'm definitely gonna be taking all of my animals there!!! Thank you all so much for what you've done for us!!!

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    • Judy DelanoJudy Delano

      I love Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital. Samantha and Bridget are so nice and honest. Dr. Legg is such a down to earth person and I love that. She is precise and does not beat around the bush concerning my dog’s health and the costs of care. I definitely recommend this Animal Hospital.

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    • Patricia Tallia PengitorePatricia Tallia Pengitore

      we are newcomers to Ocean Breeze and Ocean Breeze Animal Hospital. Under the worst possible conditions of Corona virus the staff made us feel so comfortable and protected. My yellow lab Buckley was treated with kindness and respect. Dr. DeFabio was informative, thorough and easy to talk to. I welcomed his comforting manner but more importantly so did Buckley.

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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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