St Mary's Veterinary Hospital Receives AAHA-Accreditation - Southern Maryland Headline News

St Mary's Veterinary Hospital Receives AAHA-Accreditation

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. (November 7, 2007) — St. Mary's Veterinary Hospital of Lexington Park has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.

Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. In order to maintain accredited status, St Mary's Veterinary Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.

“St Mary's Veterinary Hospital belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the highest standards in veterinary medicine,” says Thomas A. Carpenter, DVM, AAHA president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, St Mary's Veterinary Hospital is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients.”

The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of more than 36,000 veterinary care providers who treat companion animals. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its high standards for hospitals and pet health care. For pet care information or a referral to an AAHA hospital, pet owners can visit the AAHA website at

St. Mary's Veterinary Hospital, located at 22261 Three Notch Road, has been an accredited practice member of the association since 2002.

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