VCA Dover Animal Hospital

Why Accreditation

Published: February 11, 2010

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Accreditation Matters
Why Accreditation Matters to You

By Elise M. Atkinson, CVT

Sure, this is a huge accomplishment for your veterinary team. But it also matters to you and your pet. Did you know that AAHA-accredited hospitals must have:

  • Assessed your pet for pain every time it is seen
  • Properly cleaned and sterilized instrument packs for surgery
  • Trained staff in animal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Emergency drugs and equipment readily available

AAHA AccreditedThese are just a few of the requirements to be accredited by AAHA. The standards were created by veterinary professionals in the field. Your veterinarian could have been one of them. They were created to improve the care received by your pet and by all pets. There is even a section on housekeeping that includes recommendations for cleanliness and eliminating strong odors. There are many more sections, all designed to benefit you and your pet.

Why Accreditation Matters to You
"I believe that AAHA certification makes for a safer environment for my pet to be treated in."
â€" L.J. Jones, pet owner

L.J. Jones is a pet owner from Atlanta, Ga. When asked about AAHA accreditation, she said, "Since I have known about AAHA and what they do to protect animals and the people that own them, I would never go to a veterinarian’s office that was not AAHA approved and certified."

Elise Atkinson is an AAHA practice accreditation coordinator in Lakewood, Colo.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY:  Please call us immediately at 302-674-1515
AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY:   Please call the Delmarva Animal Emergency Center
at 302-697-0850