IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital recognized as only AAHA-accredited referral in Central Indiana
For the seventh time, IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital (IndyVet), Central Indiana's original 24-hour emergency and critical care hospital for small companion animals, has been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), but with a new "referral" designation.
IndyVet is the only referral and emergency animal hospital in central and southern Indiana to adhere to AAHA's highest-quality standards of veterinary excellence—the only other resides in Fort Wayne.
Over the past three years, IndyVet expanded into a specialty practice by hiring board-certified veterinarians in three areas: surgery, internal medicine and ophthalmology. Over 125 local animal hospitals consult with IndyVet specialists for a more collaborative approach on animal care. Veterinarians can send patients to the referral center when pets are facing a serious illness, or when diagnoses or advance treatment options are unavailable at the general practice.
"Accreditation gives us a stamp of approval that recognizes our practice among the finest in the industry," said Dr. James Speiser, owner of IndyVet. "It allows veterinary professionals and pet owners to feel confident in trusting our team's commitment in providing first-class healthcare."
But unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet medical care standards. Accreditation is voluntary, and only 12 percent of veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada become accredited – seven percent are referral clinics like IndyVet.
To earn AAHA accreditation, practices must pass a rigorous on-site evaluation and meet up to 900 standards that represent best practices in veterinary care and hospital management. Each specialty service in a referral hospital is considered for accreditation separately, and requires a board-certified specialist in each specialty. Hospitals are awarded points for each standard they meet, and they must amass a certain score in order to pass.
Standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.
Since 1996, IndyVet has been re-evaluated every three years in order to maintain accredited status.