Animal hospital in Reading awarded accreditation

Hospital evaluated on 900 quality standards

READING, Pa. - Reading's newest animal hospital has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence.

Humane Veterinary Hospitals (HVH) Reading announced Tuesday that it has been awarded accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

The recognition follows a rigorous review of 900 quality standards that go beyond state regulations, ranging form patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services, officials said.

Approximately 12 to 15 percent of all veterinary practices in the United States and Canada are accredited, according to the AAHA. HVH Reading said it is only the 21st nonprofit animal hospital in the U.S. and the third in Pennsylvania to earn the distinction.

"AAHA accreditation is proof we have achieved our goal to provide the very best veterinary practice for our community," said Karel Minor, the president/CEO of Humane Pennsylvania, the hospital's parent organization. "This national accreditation is a statement that our veterinary services are among the very best, not just in our region, but nationwide. All pets deserve the best care, and our veterinarians deliver it."

The hospital opened at 1729 North 11th Street in Reading, across the street from the Humane Society of Berks County, last March.

Humane Pennsylvania's other hospital in Lancaster was recently re-accredited.

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