SALISBURY – Bassler Veterinary Hospital recently joined a select group of 12 percent of animal hospitals across the country to be accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.

The association says that 60 percent of pet owners think their veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not, Bassler said in a press release.

“Unlike human hospitals, veterinary hospitals are not required by law to be accredited,” said Dr. Heidi Bassler, the hospital’s primary veterinarian and owner, in the release. “Voluntarily subjecting our hospital to AAHA’s rigorous review is our way of demonstrating transparency to our clients and the community.”

To be eligible for AAHA accreditation, Bassler Veterinary Hospital was evaluated on 900 standards in 18 categories. The evaluation covered patient care, anesthesia, surgery, pain management, safety protocols, cleanliness, laboratory services, equipment, diagnostic imaging, client service, veterinary knowledge, and other key areas of pet health care.

“We received a perfect score in multiple areas, including dentistry and contagious disease,” Bassler said. “To pass with AAHA, you need to strive for all-around excellence because they dig into everything, from how your floors are mopped, to your surgery protocols, to the thoroughness of your medical records.”

For more on the AAHA, go to www.aaha.org.

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