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Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital celebrates 25 years of accreditation


DENVER—Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital is earning recognition for practicing the gold standard of veterinary medicine for 25 consecutive years.


Since 1989, Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital has voluntarily submitted itself to the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Standards of Accreditation. Achieving accreditation by AAHA is an important milestone to delivering quality pet care.


“I would like to congratulate Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital on their 25th anniversary of being accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP AAHA chief executive officer. “Choosing to be AAHA accredited and maintaining that for a quarter century demonstrates true commitment to veterinary excellence by the entire practice team. Pets and their people receiving care from an AAHA-accredited hospital can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality veterinary care from a practice team dedicated to delivering their very best each and every day.”


AAHA is the only organization in the United States and Canada that accredits companion animal hospitals based on standards that go above and beyond state and provincial regulations. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state and provincial regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence.


Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams.


Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association. To maintain accredited status, Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA.


Clifton Dog & Cat Hospital, located at 1315 Main Avenue, Clifton, NJ, has been accredited with the Association since 1989 and can be reached at (973)772-6686.


How to choose the right veterinarian

Whether you’re moving to another state, or you’ve just adopted a new friend, here’s everything you need to know about finding a veterinarian that’s right for you.

Look for AAHA accreditation

It’s a good idea to choose an animal hospital that’s been accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Animal hospitals that choose to be accredited show they are committed to meeting -- or exceeding -- standards in a variety of different areas (approximately 900 standards, to be exact). An AAHA-accredited hospital goes above and beyond. They must prove to a third-party (AAHA) that they consistently provide the safest, highest quality care.

Hospitals that are accredited by AAHA meet high veterinary care standards. Each hospital voluntarily completes a detailed evaluation of its services and equipment. Then a practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the hospital to make sure it meets AAHA’s high standards in the areas of:

emergency services

pain management

contagious diseases

surgery and anesthesia

radiology services

pathology services

nursing care

diagnostic and pharmacy


examination facilities

pet medical records

medical library

housekeeping and maintenance

An easy way to find AAHA-accredited hospitals is with the American Animal Hospital Association Hospital Locator.

Ask people like you

Get recommendations from friends or coworkers who feel the same way about their pets as you do. If you consider your pet a member of your family, ask people who think the same way.


If you’re moving to another area, ask your current veterinarian for a recommendation. Area veterinary medicine associations also have lists of active members, often with special interests such as avian and exotic medicine.

Tour the practice

When you find an animal practice you think you like, ask for a tour. The hospital should be proud to show you its facility. During the tour ask yourself the following:

Is it clean?

Do the animals seem comfortable and safe?

Are dogs and cats separated?

Does the equipment look up-to-date?

Is there too much clutter?

Schedule a "get acquainted" meeting

The worst time to find a veterinarian is when your pet becomes ill and really needs one. Instead, schedule a brief get acquainted meeting so you and your pet can meet with the veterinarian. This meeting will allow you to ask about hospital practices and determine if this hospital is the “right fit” for both you and your pet. An effective veterinarian-owner-pet relationship is a partnership and communication is key.

Should your veterinarian have a specialty?

If you have a bird, you’ll want to find an avian animal veterinarian. If you have a fish, look for an aquatic animal veterinarian. Veterinarians should be able to care for all other types of animals. This includes the many different breeds of cats and dogs.