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Accreditations & Certifications

The team at Veterinary Referral Associates is dedicated to providing a positive veterinary experience both for our patients and the people who love them. To better serve you and your pets, we uphold the rigorous standards of the following organizations.

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AAHA Accredited

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is a non-profit organization for the accreditation of companion animal veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada.

To become AAHA-accredited, our animal hospital has undergone a rigorous evaluation process to ensure they meet the over 900 AAHA Standards of Accreditation. These standards cover hospital safety, patient care, diagnostics, pain management, contagious disease management, continuing education, dentistry, and emergency/urgent care, among others.

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AAHA Accredited, Veterinary Referral Associates

AAFP Gold Certified, Veterinary Referral Associates

AAFP Certified

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) supports its members in improving the health and welfare of cats through high standards of practice and patient care, continuing education, and evidence-based medicine.

With specially trained staff, dedicated feline exam rooms and boarding areas, as well as a feline-only waiting area, Veterinary Referral Associates is an American Association of Feline Practitioners certified Cat-Friendly hospital.

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Fear-Free Certified Vets

At Veterinary Referral Associates our entire team of board-certified internal medicine specialists is Fear Free certified. Being Fear Free aims to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in our patients to create a better visit and healthier pet.

Fear-Free protocols that our vets practice include understanding and knowing how to respond to and address signs of stress in pets, helping clients plan ahead for lower-stress appointments, creating a calm environment in our hospital, and more.

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New Patients Welcome

Veterinary Referral Associates is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Gaithersburg companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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