Small animal hospital at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University receives referral accreditation for 15 specialties

The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University has received referral accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in 15 veterinary specialties. (Credit: Alonso Nichols, Tufts)
February 15, 2018

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GRAFTON, Mass. (February 15, 2018)—The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University recently earned referral accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in 15 areas of specialty veterinary medicine. Foster Hospital is one of only a few facilities in the country to receive AAHA referral accreditation for such a large number of specialties. The accreditation followed a rigorous review of the hospital’s practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.

Foster Hospital is one of seven academic teaching hospitals and clinics that comprise Cummings Veterinary Medical Center, located at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. The hospital, which treated nearly 35,000 patients in 2017, provides care for dogs, cats and exotic pets, offering consultation, referral, and 24-hour emergency veterinary services. Board-certified veterinarians across a broad range of specialties diagnose and treat complex conditions using advanced veterinary tools and procedures.

As part of the accreditation, Foster Hospital was evaluated for the following specialties:

Anesthesia
Avian
Behavior
Emergency & Critical Care
Exotic Companion Mammal
Internal Medicine – Cardiology
Internal Medicine – Neurology
Internal Medicine – Oncology
Internal Medicine – Small Animal
Nutrition
Ophthalmology
Radiology
Radiology – Radiation Oncology
Surgery
Zoology

Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. AAHA accredited hospitals elect to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that exceed basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated. To maintain its accredited status, Foster Hospital must be evaluated regularly by the AAHA.

“Becoming accredited in these specialty areas demonstrates our commitment to providing the best quality of care for our patients and excellent service to our clients,” says Scott Handler, DVM, MBA, associate director of operations at Foster Hospital. “Veterinary medicine is frequently changing, and this type of evaluation will ensure that our practices and facility are at the forefront.”

The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals is located in North Grafton, Massachusetts, and can be reached at (508) 839-5395 and http://vetmed.tufts.edu/foster-hospital-small-animals/.

For more information about AAHA accreditation, visit aaha.org/petowner.

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About Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, Mass., Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is internationally esteemed for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; seven teaching hospitals and clinics that combined log more than 80,000 animal cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, human, and environmental health.