AAHA-Accredited Hospitals: Champions for Excellent Care

​Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of animal hospitals have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited hospital!

In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body; they undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.

Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence, and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).

We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.

Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet. Visit aaha.org/petowner.


The cat is king. With cats being the most beloved pet in the country, there is a growing need to improve the health care and overall well-being of the feline population. Whether it’s a routine checkup or special visit, the staff at Animal Medical Center of Rome is committed to ensuring that cats get the best care possible.
What can you expect from us as a Cat Friendly Practice?

  • Skilled staff that is well versed in feline-friendly handling techniques that can expertly treat frightened cats. We are also well-trained in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat and ensure that examinations and procedures do not escalate anxiety.
  • Individualized health care plan that adjusts to your cat’s specific needs even as they age. Getting annual and bi-annual wellness examinations can help a condition or disease so it can be treated early on.
  • Our Low-stress environment for our feline patients is key. As a CFP we pride ourselves in keeping a physical environment that is all about the cat including but not limited to special waiting accommodations, feline-sensitive examination rooms and ward facilities and equipment for cats.

As humans, we take great care in searching for health providers who meet our needs. Now, you can rest assured that as a Gold standard CFP we are expertly suited to address your cat’s unique needs and to provide you with advice and information that is critical to your cat’s health.