Dr. Bartos worked as an associate veterinarian in other practices as a new veterinarian, but her dream was to open her own practice. She did just that in July 1990 with the help of her husband Lou. Their first employee was our Administrative Assistant, Marylou, who is still with us. Needless to say, HVC has grown from three people on staff to 20, ranging from as little as less than a year to 28 years working with us. We want you to know that we, as a staff, are a family and we welcome all of you to be an important part of our family!
WE ARE AN AAHA ACCREDITED HOSPITAL!
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 to be 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 our hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain this accreditation, we undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years, most recently in June of 2019. 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).
Being an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion, and keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. 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.