Becoming an Accredited AAHA Veterinary Practice

As a pet parent, it may surprise you to learn that animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. In fact, each state has its own regulations on veterinary practices and some are more or less stringent than others, meaning standards vary across the nation. To unify veterinary practices under an umbrella of standards, the American Animal Hospital Association created their standards of excellence. Yet, accreditation under these standards is still not required and accredited hospitals only make up about 15% of all the animal hospitals in the US. Our priority is to give Roanoke pets and their owners the very best that veterinary medicine has to offer. That is why we decided to pursue accreditation and become an AAHA veterinary practice.


What Accreditation Means for Pet Parents

As a pet parent, you want the best for your companion, but it can be hard to judge which animal hospital can meet your needs. With an AAHA veterinary practice, you know that their standards meet the highest of the industry. Choosing an AAHA-accredited hospital means your pet is in skilled, compassionate hands. Their standards of excellence cover some 900 elements of a practice including:

  • Cleanliness and hygiene
  • Surgical equipment and monitoring
  • Anesthetic protocol
  • Vaccinations
  • Pain management
  • Client relationships
  • And much more!

Not only do we meet these standards once for accreditation, but we undergo an evaluation every 3 years to ensure we continue to meet their expectations.


Hanging Rock Animal Hospital is the BEST in the Roanoke Valley. Dr. Honeycutt and "Dr. Todd" are knowledgeable amazing vets. Their entire staff are caring compassionate people who take their time to know all of the animals and humans that walk through their door. I would and have recommended Hanging Rock Animal Hospital to everyone.

- Sondra S.

Would very highly recommend this animal hospital, as both ladies working at the desk, as well as the doctor (Ashley I believe) were all so sweet and helpful! Thank you!

- Matt L

I've been very happy with the care here. The vets have been thorough, the staff friendly, and the hospital is overall very professional. They have temperature monitoring in place for medication. Allyson, the practice manager, has been supportive, and phenomenal in providing information and accommodating requests. Highly recommend!

- S C.

The staff is so caring and compassionate, and make me feel like family as they remember both my dogs names. I will always take my babies to Hanging Rock!

- Emilee H.

Dr Todd has always taken care of my girls. I moved to Oklahoma and still go back to them to care for them. They Genuinely love the animals they care for. I wouldn’t go anywhere else!


- Melissa L.

Going back for Allie Boo checkup this month Nov2017... Really do like the vets, they take their time with you letting you know about your fur baby .... Will keep going, especially friendly ,great Vets!


- Leasea H.

Choose AAHA

At HRAH, we believe all pets deserve the best and we are dedicated to providing the highest standards of care. Want to see an AAHA-accredited practice up close? Contact us to schedule a tour of our practice!

Schedule an appointment today and experience the AAHA difference!