SOURCE: University Animal Clinic

November 13, 2011 10:45 ET

University Park Veterinarians Committed to AAHA Accreditation

UNIVERSITY PARK, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 13, 2011) - University Animal Clinic announced that the animal clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In order to receive accreditation, the vet clinic had to meet strict standards and pass a comprehensive inspection that evaluates general animal care procedures, vet training and continuing education, hospital record keeping, and pain management protocol. AAHA only accredits 12% of the vet hospitals in the United States and Canada. The University Park, Florida hospital provides wellness care, emergency care and surgical care for the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch communities.

The Sarasota veterinarians announced that University Animal Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Established in 1933, AAHA is an independent, professional association of more than 36,000 animal care providers in the United States and Canada that determines accreditation standards for animal care. According to AAHA, less than 15% of animal hospitals meet the AAHA's rigorous standards for achieving accreditation.

"We are proud that our veterinary hospital in University Park is fully accredited by AAHA," said Dr. Robert Rill, a veterinarian with University Animal Clinic. "AAHA sets an important standard for quality, animal care, and achieving accreditation allows families to know that their pets are in safe hands at our clinic. Accreditation is truly the highest seal of approval from the veterinary industry's only independent and reputable accreditation organization."

AAHA evaluates an animal vet clinic on 900 checkpoints, including general vet care, pain management and anesthesia protocols, continuing training for the veterinary staff, and accurate record keeping. After a hospital receives accreditation, it is inspected every three years to ensure compliance with AAHA standards.

"The AAHA accreditation process is extremely rigorous," said Dr. Rill. "Many hospitals choose not even to undergo evaluation, while many others that are evaluated fail to meet the strict standards. Here at University Animal Clinic, we are proud to achieve AAHA's standards of excellence. Pet owners can be comfortable and confident that their pets are receiving the highest quality care possible."

AAHA also issues detailed guidelines and requirements for animal care providers. These requirements include on-site diagnostic services and protocols for contagious disease management, pain management, surgery, anesthesia administration and emergency care. As new technology becomes available, AAHA updates these standards to reflect the most up-to-date best practices.

"We work tirelessly to provide our pets with high quality care, including the latest diagnostic technology and minimally invasive surgical procedures," said Dr. Rill. "On-going accreditation by AAHA sends an important message to pet owners that we are on the cutting-edge of animal care."

In addition to being accredited by AAHA, the University Animal Clinic veterinary team was also recognized as "Best Veterinarian" (2009, 2010) by Living Out East and On the Bay, "Best Veterinary Clinic" (2008) by Sarasota Magazine, and "Best Vet of the Suncoast" (2009) by Creative Loafing magazine.

"We are deeply honored to be recognized by the local community for our commitment to excellence in animal care," said Dr. Rill.

Pet owners who wish to learn more about AAHA accreditation or the services available at University Animal Clinic may do so by visiting the clinic's website,

Contact Information

  • University Animal Clinic
    University Park, FL