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May 2, 2013

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University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital Receives Three-Year Reaccreditation

UrbanaᅳThe University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital has been reaccredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) after a site visit to the hospital on April 25.

"The AAHA consultant who reviewed our hospital was very impressed and complimentary," says Dr. Brendan McKiernan, teaching hospital director.

"We are proud to be among the 12% of veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are AAHA-accredited."

The University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides emergency, specialty, and general care for all species and is open 24 hours a day, every day. Every year the hospital performs more than 23,000 animal patient visits. With about 40 veterinarians on faculty, and another 40 working as interns or residents pursuing specialty certification, the hospital offers the most comprehensive veterinary expertise and facilities in Illinois. As part of the state's only College of Veterinary Medicine, the hospital plays a vital role in educating the veterinarians of tomorrow and expanding knowledge and treatments to improve animal lives.

In order to receive AAHA accreditation, veterinary hospitals must meet more than 900 standards that represent the best practices in veterinary care and hospital management.

Standards focus on quality of care in anesthesia, contagious disease, dentistry, pain management, patient care, surgery and emergency care.

To be accredited, hospitals must provide diagnostic services (x-ray and laboratory) in order to quickly and accurately deliver diagnoses. They must also have on-site pharmacies so they are equipped to begin treatment immediately.

The three-year evaluation cycle helps ensure that AAHA-accredited hospitals remain on the forefront of veterinary health and medical care.