AAHA and VECCS Certification

AECFV received their accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in 2012. The process of accreditation is complex, demanding, completely voluntary and never guaranteed. Choosing to take all the steps necessary for accreditation is making a statement. “We are striving to be the very best for our clients, their pets and our staff.”

AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the United States and Canada. They help good veterinary hospitals become exceptional veterinary hospitals. They have helped us be the best we can be. AECFV has been evaluated on 940 quality standards which include all areas of veterinary medicine. Only AAHA accredited hospitals are required to regularly pass onsite evaluations based on those quality standards.

Accreditation is not mandatory for veterinary hospitals, and today only 12%–15% of veterinary practices in the US and Canada hold the “AAHA-accredited” designation.

We are a proud AAHA Accredited hospital!

Learn more about AAHA Accreditation


The purpose of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) is to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care.

In August of 2020, AECFV achieved VECCS Level II Certification. The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society established minimum guidelines for emergency and critical care facilities. To promote professional and public awareness, a tiered-level facility certification program was developed. This certification is completely voluntary.

For AECFV to attain this level of certification, we met or exceeded the guidelines required in regards to our facility, staffing, medical equipment, veterinary expertise, emergency capabilities and continuing education. We are fortunate our Veterinarians and all supporting staff continually exhibit their commitment to excellence.

We are proud to be one of only three hospitals in Canada and only one of two in BC to have fully achieved this recognition.