Heartland Animal Hospital was initially accredited by the American Animal Hospital in 1996. Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not not required to become accredited. Heartland Animal Hospital made the choice to pursue this distinction. Our hospital is evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in order to become accredited. Standards address patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records. cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. Less than 15% of all US animal hospitals have met these high standards. To maintain accredited status, we must undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations every three years, and our office actually looks forward to meeting this challenge!
Heartland Animal Hospital has a board certified veterinarian on staff. Dr. Jennifer Hart maintains certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Canine and Feline Practice. This is a voluntary veterinary specialty. The certification process demonstrates that Dr. Hart has kept up with changes and advancements in veterinary practice. Dr. Hart took and passed a challenging examination in order to initially certify in 1998, and she has continued to test every 10 years. ABVP was established in 1979. It is one of twenty-two veterinary specialty groups accredited by a special committee of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, a division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists.
Heartland Animal Hospital is a Cat Friendly Practice with GOLD status! The "stress" of a visit to the veterinarian often prevents our feline patients from receiving the care they need. By actively seeking Cat Friendly Practice Certification via the American Association of Feline Practitioners, our staff has demonstrated the skills, equipment, and facility requirements to help alleviate stress. Our staff is well trained and experienced in alternate techniques to calm an anxious cat. We have the equipment that cats required, and we have a facility that keeps cats away from dogs at all times.