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Hearthwood Dog and Cat Clinic has been part of the Vancouver community for over 35 years. Our four doctors and professional staff provide the highest level of veterinary care. We offer routine veterinary medicine and preventative care as well as digital x-ray, dental care, general surgery and therapeutic laser treatment.
We understand the special role your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your companions healthcare. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion. Our entire healthcare team is committed to providing personal attention to the individual concerns of each animal owner.
We have a number of resources for you to learn about how to take better care of your pets. Browse around and look at our articles and pet videos. The best veterinary care for animals is ongoing nutrition and problem prevention. If you want to ask a question call 360-892-1440 or email us and we'll promptly get back to you. Our Vancouver veterinarian office is very easy to get to, and you can find directions on our Contact Us page. You can also subscribe to our newsletter which is created especially for Vancouver pet owners. In between your veterinary visits, your pet will benefit from you reading these free informative articles.
At Hearthwood Dog and Cat Clinic, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.
Dr. Sam Kopman
Dr. Amy Pittman
Dr. Sandra Memenis
Vancouver Veterinarian | Hearthwood Dog and Cat Clinic | 360-892-1440
14516 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98684
AAHA- Accredited Hospitals: Champions for Excellent Care
Did you know that accreditation for animal hospitals is voluntary? Surprising, isn’t it? Nearly 60 percent of pet owners believe that their pet’s veterinary hospital is accredited when it is not. In actuality, only 12-15% of animal hospitals have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited hospital.
In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body; they undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.
Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. To maintain their accreditation, hospitals undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely – in fact, some states don’t routinely inspect hospitals, only going in for an inspection when a complaint is filed by a pet owner. AAHA accreditation is considered the standard for veterinary excellence, and does not vary between states or provinces (AAHA accredits hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada).
We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them healthy is our #1 priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less.
Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet. Visit aaha.org/petowner.