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AAHA Introduces Practice Network Accreditation: PetWell Partners Earns First Designation

LAKEWOOD, Colorado – October 24, 2018PetWell Partners, a Houston-based national veterinary practice network, has become the first organization to earn Practice Network Accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

AAHA’s Practice Network Accreditation is a new model for assessing and recognizing excellence throughout an organization that owns and/or operates multiple veterinary practices. Under this model, the parent company receives accreditation, rather than the individual practices within the network. To become accredited under this new model, an eligible organization must meet new, stringent standards which are separate from AAHA’s traditional medical standards and designed to evaluate business operations at the network level, including medical autonomy, leadership, culture, human capital management, marketing and communications, financial management, and stewardship of the veterinary profession. For an organization to be eligible, 90% or more of its practices must be accredited or pre-accredited according to the AAHA Standards of Accreditation, with the intent to have 100% of the company’s practices become accredited.

“As the trend of corporate ownership increases throughout the profession, there is an opportunity to standardize best practices for delivery of care to improve patient health while helping these companies promote excellence throughout the practices within their network,” said AAHA Chief Executive Officer, Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (Emeritus). “We are thrilled to have PetWell Partners become the first company dedicated to elevating the standard of care throughout their practices.”

“AAHA’s leadership deserves a tremendous amount of credit for anticipating the potential impact of corporate consolidation on quality of care, and for developing an accreditation model for organizations that share their commitment to excellence. It’s incredibly forward-thinking,” said PetWell Partners Co-Founder David Murvin. “We feel honored to be the first to achieve this important milestone.”

Each practice within a veterinary practice network undergoes evaluation based on the traditional AAHA Standards of Accreditation. The process is identical to the process all other practices undergo (both private or corporate-owned) and includes the same fee structure.

About the American Animal Hospital Association

The American Animal Hospital Association is the only organization that accredits companion animal practices throughout the United States and Canada according to high standards of veterinary care. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Pet owners look for AAHA- accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire healthcare team. For more information, visit

About PetWell Partners

PetWell Partners was founded in 2013 with the deep belief that pets deserve high-quality medical care and that their families should always be well informed. Based in Houston, TX, PetWell’s network now consists of more than 30 hospitals throughout the country, all of which are AAHA-accredited or pre-accredited. Practice owners and veterinarians join PetWell because of the company’s values, culture, and unwavering commitment to serve its local communities. For additional information, visit

AAHA Introduces Practice Network Accreditation: PetWell Partners Earns First Designation

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