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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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AAHA Blog


New research reveals that brachycephalic dogs are most susceptible to corneal ulcerative disease. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye and must remain transparent to support vision. Ulcerated corneas can lose transparency and become particularly painful. A VetCompass team explored the records of more than 100,000 dogs across England and [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017
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At least two dermatological issues are always among the top 10 ailments veterinary teams face with dogs. Anthea E. Schick, DVM, DACVD, with a fun editorial twist from Dr. Sarah Wooten, share the latest research findings from the 2017 North American Dermatology Forum that every private practitioner needs to know. [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
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A day at a veterinary practice can be full of emotional highs and lows. Maybe you've just been able to deliver good news to a longtime client or maybe you just had a disagreement with a particular co-worker. Are you letting those emotions from one event carry over into the next? [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
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Looking for ways to reduce the anxiety level of your dog patients and increase the satisfaction rating of pet owners? Consider placing the pet and its owner into an exam room immediately after they arrive at the clinic to ease pet anxiety during the veterinary visit, says researchers Whitney J. Engler, [...]
Wed, Aug 09, 2017
Source: AAHA BLOG
Benjamin Franklin once said: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is as true today as it was then and can be applied to pet health and the preventive care of your clients. Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP), an alliance of 100+ veterinary associations, veterinary colleges, and [...]
Tue, Aug 08, 2017
Source: AAHA BLOG
In the first biomarker discovery based on extracellular vesicles in a veterinary disease, researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have discovered important biomarkers in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and congestive heart failure. The findings could provide important insight into the molecular basis, diagnosis, [...]
Mon, Aug 07, 2017
Source: AAHA BLOG

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