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Local animal hospital gets reaccredited

While it may not garner the attention received by hospitals like Porter or Fletcher-Allen, Middlebury Animal Hospital is in the business of healing, too. In this case, the Addison County animal hospital has a long tradition of treating and caring for all varieties of pets, from restless four legs to feathered wings.

The animal hospital has again received its coveted accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The hospital received a comprehensive inspection by an AAHA evaluation team-the team visited the hospital's facility recently to inspect medical equipment and practice methods, as well as observe pet health care management means.

According to AAHAPresident Gregg Takashima, DVM, only 15 percent of small veterinary practices have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association. So, the distinction for the Middlebury Animal Hospital is worthy of mention; it carries with it the imprimator of the national hospital association.

Established in 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association is the sole professional body that accredits veterinary practices in both the U.S. and Canada.

Accredited status is not a one time thing. Middlebury Animal Hospital is evaluated on a regular basis by the AAHA.

"Middlebury Animal Hospital belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the standard of veterinary excellence," said Takashima. "AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client service and medical protocols. By attaining accreditation, Middlebury Animal Hospital is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients."

Middlebury Animal Hospital is located at 139 Washington St. Extension and has been an accredited practice member of the association since 1974.

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