A growing number of pet owners looked for an accredited hospital the last time they chose a veterinary hospital. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. 12-15% of all veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada are accredited by AAHA — accreditation is voluntary.

Past investigations indicate that not all states perform timely inspections on veterinary practices as required by law and may not adequately follow up on inspection violations or licensing requirements.

AAHA-accredited hospitals typically undergo a comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years in order to maintain their accredited status.

Veterinary State Board Websites

Veterinary state boards protect consumers and animals through licensing of veterinarians, registered technicians, premises and by strict enforcement of state laws and regulations.

Most veterinary board websites will enable you to verify a license, file a complaint, display disciplinary actions and provide the state laws and regulations (veterinary practice act).



INVESTIGATION: Texas Veterinary Disciplinary Records Missing on TBVME Public Lookup Tool (6.6.22)

  • Six years ago, lawmakers called on the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) to address some ‘concerning’ data reliability issues. Specifically, the agency was supposed to fix its licensee look-up website — a tool that enables pet-owners to search for their veterinarian’s disciplinary history. Just months before this agency’s next legislative review, KXAN investigators discovered dozens of disciplinary records still missing from the look-up tool.


First-of-its-Kind Study on Perceptions and Satisfaction of Veterinarians Working at Corporate vs. Privately Owned Hospitals (12.10.23)

  • A peer-reviewed study found that “veterinarians working in corporate practices reported feeling more pressure than those in private practice to generate revenue and see more clients per shift.”


Compensation Models for Veterinarians

    Research conducted by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) reveals that nearly 2 out of 3 associate veterinarians are paid on a commission — based on the revenue a doctor generates through their delivery of services and sale of products (commonly referred to as “production”).