We know your pet is very important to you: a companion, a friend, a confidante. In a very real sense, your dog or cat is a member of your family. And, like any family member, your pet deserves the finest possible health care. It is not uncommon for veterinarians to say they offer the “best” or “highest quality” care. It is an easy claim to make but a hard one to fulfill. Some even claim to be “Specialists” even though they have no credentials to support the claim and do not offer specialized services.

Accreditation is required for human hospitals but for veterinary hospitals accreditation is voluntary. AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association is the only entity that provides accreditation for veterinary hospitals in the United States. Attaining and keeping accreditation is a very significant investment in time, money and effort. That is why there are so few accredited veterinary hospitals in Nebraska.

We are the only accredited veterinary clinic in a large area and one of the few in the state. It is one thing to claim you are “the best”. It is another to prove your continuing dedication to excellence by submitting to recurring inspections and proving adherence to over 4,000 comprehensive standards in order to maintain AAHA Accreditation.

Columbus Small Animal Hospital, P.C. – Loving Our Work!
We care enough to be Accredited.



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Sat, Sep 23, 2017
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Thu, Sep 21, 2017
As the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved, humans aren't the only victims of natural disasters. Animals suffer, too. And there are resources available to help both people and their pets when their lives have been uprooted my hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or other traumatic natural events. Of course, it's always [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017
Forward booking is an important process that ensure your patients receive the highest quality care at the right time. By implementing the Ready, Set, Go! forward booking initiative from PHP, in collaboration with Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), you can take advantage of these ready-to-use tools to make sure all your [...]
Mon, Sep 18, 2017
As of Thursday, 21,000 firefighters were battling 137 active wildfires in various stages of containment across 2,200 square miles in nine western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Veterinary practices in the affected areas have gotten used to it. It's been an unusually active season for [...]
Fri, Sep 15, 2017
Among the current and future challenges of the Hurricane Harvey devastation is the risk of zoonotic disease exchanges. An entire underground population of rats, mice, feral cats, skunks, raccoons and who knows what else was forced to move along with people. Like humans, they will move back into the area [...]
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

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