What is AAHA?



You may have seen the AAHA label on our hospital’s sign, our website, and our name tags.  This signifies that Mesa is AAHA accredited, and having this accreditation is something we are very proud of. What is AAHA and how does that effect you and your beloved pets?

AAHA stands for the American Animal Hospital Association.  AAHA was established in 1933 and is the only companion animal exclusive veterinary association.  It is responsible for accreditation of companion animal practices.  Accredited practices undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on about 900 standards of veterinary care.  Approximately 12% of veterinary practices in the United States and Canada are AAHA accredited.  Accreditation standards include a wide variety of requirements, ranging from having certified veterinary technicians to anesthesia standards to cleanliness of the hospital.

We are very proud to share that Mesa Veterinary Hospital has been AAHA accredited since 1986!  We work hard to practice high quality medicine and hold ourselves and our staff to a higher standards for you and your pets.

For more information regarding AAHA please visit their website:  https://www.aaha.org/default.aspx (and note Dr. Horst on the front page!)

Or see an informational video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cil3GyVuks

Julia Katzenbach, DVM