North Central Animal Hospital, 20 W. Dunlap Ave., has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The veterinary clinic earned AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of its practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.

AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state regulations. The AAHA Standards of Accreditation contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 19 sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology and continuing education.

Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the association. Currently, there are only 23 animal hospitals in Phoenix and 145 in the entire state of Arizona that are accredited. To maintain accredited status, North Central Animal Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA.

For more information, call North Central Animal Hospital at 602-395-9773, or visit


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