Veterinary Medical Center’s Small Animal Hospital Reaccredited

October 18, 2016


MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center’s small animal hospital has earned its accreditation for another three years from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Only 12 per cent of U.S. veterinary hospitals, clinics and practices are accredited.

The Veterinary Medical Center has been continuously accredited since 1979 and is one of the nation’s busiest veterinary teaching hospitals; treating more than 40,000 cases annually. More than 50 of the veterinarians on staff are board certified in one of 15 specialty and service areas. In addition, the Veterinary Medical Center offers primary care, urgent care, and 24/7 emergency care at its St. Paul location, making it the most comprehensive veterinary care provider in the region.

Accreditation by AAHA is based on 900 standards of veterinary excellence. The standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. To maintain accredited status, hospitals undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations.

The accreditation report specifically cited the quality of the VMC’s emergency and critical care units, labs, diagnostic imaging, anesthesia services, and pharmacy, along with the maintenance and safety of the facility. The recently renovated lobby and examination rooms in the primary and urgent care area also received a nod. “The warm and friendly environment of your examination rooms allows both clients and pets to feel at ease,” the report stated.

The VMC is a not-for-profit service unit that supports the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s service, teaching, and clinical research missions. The VMC is largely self-supportive through service revenue, receiving less than 9% of its annual budget from the State of Minnesota.