TAMPA, FLA (June 12, 2014) – After months of rigorous review by veterinary experts, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s (HSTB) Animal Health Center became Florida’s first non-profit animal hospital awarded accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Considered the Gold Standard in the industry, AAHA accreditation involves evaluation on 900 standards of veterinary care.
“We aim to lead the way for the health and well-being of companion animals in our community and beyond,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Being the first non-profit in our state, and one of only 18 in the nation, to receive AHAA accreditation confirms that we are on the right path.”
Only 12-15% of animal hospitals in North America have gone through the demanding and time-consuming accreditation process with a total of 3,200 accredited practices.
“Being AAHA-accredited means we hold ourselves to a higher standard,” said HSTB Director of Medical Operations Dr. Karla Bard. “Pets are our passion and keeping them healthy through excellent care is our #1 priority; because they deserve nothing less.”
The Animal Health Center provides affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the public seven days a week. Any proceeds from the Animal Health Center will benefit the mission and programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
About American Animal Hospital Association
Founded by seven leaders in the veterinary industry, AAHA has been committed to excellence, promoting high-quality standards, improving pet care and supporting small animal practices since 1933. www.aahanet.org
About Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For more than 100 years, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need. Named a Four-Star Charity by Charity Navigator for five years running, and accredited by AAHA, the standard in veterinary excellence, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the highest standards in animal sheltering and veterinary care. Our adoption programs, Animal Health Center services, community outreach efforts and volunteer opportunities are essential to the health and well being of animals across Tampa Bay. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is leading the way because every life counts. www.humanesocietytampa.org.