AHCbuilding2-X2-300x200After months of rigorous review by veterinary experts, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s (HSTB) Animal Health Center became Florida’s first non-profit animal hospital awarded accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Considered the Gold Standard in the industry, AAHA accreditation involves evaluation on 900 standards of veterinary care.
“We aim to lead the way for the health and well-being of companion animals in our community and beyond,” said HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. “Being the first non-profit in our state, and one of only 18 in the nation, to receive AHAA accreditation confirms that we are on the right path.”
Only 12-15% of animal hospitals in North America have gone through the demanding and time-consuming accreditation process with a total of 3,200 accredited practices.
“Being AAHA-accredited means we hold ourselves to a higher standard,” said HSTB Director of Medical Operations Dr. Karla Bard. “Pets are our passion and keeping them healthy through excellent care is our #1 priority; because they deserve nothing less.”
The Animal Health Center provides affordable, high-quality veterinary care to the public seven days a week. Any proceeds from the Animal Health Center will benefit the mission and programs at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Why Accreditation Is Important For Pets

Being accredited by AAHA, you can rest assured that your pet will receive the very best in veterinary care at our facility. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • To receive and maintain accreditation, animal hosptials must meet approximately 900 rigorous evaluation standards every three years
  • AAHA standards of excellence do not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada)
  • AAHA accredited animal hospitals are the elite few, with only 3,200 passing accreditation in the U.S. and Canad
  • AAHA accreditation is recognized as the standard of veterinary excellence