How To Choose the Right Veterinary Hospital for Your Pets

People tend to have varying ideas on what makes a veterinarian a good doctor. Often they ask, “how long have you been practicing?” Assuming the longer a doctor has been in practice the more they know about animal medicine. Others look for a newer, younger doctor, assuming that they’ll be up to date on the latest and most cutting-edge medicine. Others still, base their pick on convenience- which animal hospital is the closest and can get them in today.

Whether you’ve recently moved, just got your first pet, or are simply ready for a change, here’s what you need to know about choosing your pets’ next veterinarian!

Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. Any veterinarian has the right to start their own animal hospital and run it based on their personal standards of practice. However, these hospitals are not held to any kind of universal standards regarding the care they provide to their patients.

When choosing a vet for your beloved pets, you should ALWAYS seek out an AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital! To become AAHA Accredited a veterinary hospital is evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence! AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently in the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. The Standards of Accreditation are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the forefront of veterinary excellence.

These standards address patient care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilitates, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals must undergo comprehensive onsite evaluations every three years!

By clicking on the link below you can find a list of AAHA Accredited Animal Hospitals closest to you!

We know you love your pets and want nothing but the best medical care for them! Choosing an AAHA Accredited hospital is the first step to finding your pets’ forever vet!

At Harbor Point Animal Hospital we are proud to be Mooresville’s only AAHA Accredited animal hospital. We are also proud to be one of the only hospitals in the area that are fear free certified. We strive to provide your furry family members with not only the latest and safest veterinary medicine, but to do so in a Fear Free manner whenever possible. Call us today at 704.230.0858 to schedule an appointment and see for yourself just how we are changing the way pets see the vet!