June 01, 2013


 Alabama accepts AAHA accreditation in lieu of inspection

Posted on May 15, 2013

Alabama is the first state to accept accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association in place of a state inspection.

Veterinary practices in Alabama may now skip an inspection by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners if they already have passed an evaluation by AAHA. The ASBVME approved the change in December 2012.

Dr. Robert E. Pitman, ASBVME president, said, “The Alabama Practice Act allows the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to issue a premise permit to any premise which is accredited by a recognized organization whose standards meet or exceed minimum board standards as established by the administrative code. Clearly, AAHA standards exceed those minimum standards.”

Dr. Kate Knutson, AAHA president, said, “I am so pleased that Alabama recognizes the rigorous nature and the standard of medical excellence required to meet the AAHA accreditation standards. The 900-plus standards of AAHA go above and beyond any states’ mandated regulations. We applaud Alabama and would encourage any other states to follow their lead.”