AAHA Honors Practices of the Year

North Royalton Animal Hospital and Coral Springs Animal Hospital-Referral take home top honors.

North Royalton Animal Hospital was founded in 1957. The veterinary practice also manages a boarding operation called Paws at Play Resort.

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Ohio and Florida veterinary clinics were named AAHA-Accredited Practices of the Year today at the opening of the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference.

North Royalton Animal Hospital in North Royalton, Ohio, won in the general practice category. Coral Springs Animal Hospital-Referral in Coral Springs, Fla., was chosen in the referral practice category.

Three finalists for the general practice award also were honored: San Juan Veterinary Hospital in Farmington, N.M.; True Veterinary Care in Verona, Wis.; and Cleveland Park East Animal Hospital in Simpsonville, S.C.

AAHA accreditation is voluntary and is held by about 12 percent of North American veterinary practices, according to the Lakewood, Colo., organization’s website. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation list more than 900 standards in areas ranging from pain management and surgery to recordkeeping and continuing education.

The award winners were chosen based on their accreditation score, mission, practice design, practice team and other criteria.

“AAHA believes that the success of a veterinary practice depends on the entire team working together to provide excellent care for pets and their people,” said AAHA’s CEO, Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, Dipl. ABVP. “All of these accredited practices are staffed by high-performing veterinary teams who demonstrate a passionate commitment to veterinary excellence.”

The AAHA conference continues through Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

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