Our Veterinary Certifications

American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)

Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital and Veterinary Emergency Hospital earned AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospital’s practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services.

AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.

Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams.

Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association. To maintain accredited status, Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital and Veterinary Emergency Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA. For more information about accreditation, visit aaha.org/petowner, or connect on Facebook and “like” the American Animal Hospital Association.

Certified Level II Emergency and Critical Care Facility

The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) offers a certification program to veterinary facilities that provide emergency and critical patient care.  The purpose of this certification is torecognize those hospitals that meet and exceed the minimum standards and guidelines published by VECCS.  VECCS does this in the hopes of raising the standard of care while also increasing public and professional awareness in the area of veterinary emergency and critical patient care. All of our veterinarians are members of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Certification Cat Friendly Practice

The American Association of Feline Practitioners developed this certification to ensure that veterinary practices in North America encourage and facilitate high-quality feline care. Our certification means we are sensitive to cat’s distinct needs and delivery of care, that we have conducted staff training and reviewed educational materials in this area, and have designated a Cat Advocate in our practice.