Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine's teaching hospital was awarded AAHA accreditation status after a site visit from a representative of the American Animal Hospital Association on June 21. This is the first time AAHA has accredited a hospital outside mainland North America.
Dr. David J. DeYoung, dean of the veterinary school, which is located on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, said in a press release that obtaining AAHA accreditation was an important milestone for the institution.
AAHA is the sole accrediting organization for animal hospitals in the United States and Canada. Only 15 percent of veterinary hospitals hold the "AAHA-accredited" designation, indicating the highest quality of practice standards. Ross' teaching hospital was evaluated on the same 900 standards used to accredit veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada.
AAHA accreditation examines everything from human resources and housekeeping to surgery and emergency management.