AAHA chosen as a model for the Thailand Animal Hospital Standards and Accreditation

VPAT aims to set new standard against which veterinary practices in Thailand can be measured.


AAHA chosen as a model for the Thailand Animal Hospital Standards and Accreditation

TAHSA logoIn November 2010, the Veterinary Practitioner Association of Thailand (VPAT) began a project to create a unified standard against which veterinary practices in the country could be measured. Called The Thailand Animal Hospital Standards and Accreditation (TAHSA), the project aims to ensure that veterinary practices have a clear standard to adhere to both in terms of their clinical work and their facilities to enable Thai veterinarians to conduct their work to a high standard of excellence.

Visit to AAHA

After analysing the many human and animal hospital standards around the world, VPAT selected The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) standards as its core model. Thirteen of the nineteen standards were chosen as priority for Phase I and a committee was formed to ensure the feasibility of their implementation in Thailand.

The Phase I standards are currently being launched to the veterinary community and CE seminars and meetings are taking place across the country to build understanding of and support for the benefits they can offer both veterinarians and pet owners.

During the next phase, practices will be asked to complete an on-line self evaluation and practice assessment questionnaire before the final stage of accreditation which is expected to begin mid 2013.

Studying standards

Commenting on the launch of the TAHSA project, Associate Professor Dr Kaywalee Chatdarong from VPAT says: "We're excited at the progress this project has made so far and believe it will be a big step forward in ensuring the veterinary community in Thailand provides a higher and more consistent level of care to companion animals. Taking part in the accreditation program is totally voluntary and no legal regulation is imposed upon veterinarians but we're greatly encouraged that so many practices are already getting involved in a spirit of co-operation and mutual support.

Our work wouldn't be possible without the generous contribution and collaboration of The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and significant support from Hill's Pet Nutrition (Hill's). We would like to acknowledge the support we've received and thank the extraordinary individuals who are helping us to deliver our plans."

If your association is interested in exploring this route, see further details of the process undertaken by VPAT.

May 2010:

Past President of AAHA Dr Gregg Takashima was invited to speak about AAHA standards and accreditation at VPAT Regional Veterinary Congress

November 2010:

VPAT initiative on Animal Hospital Standards and Accreditation conceived. Founding sub-committee met for the first time to set vision, mission statements and initial action plan. The AAHA standards through access code and permission of AAHA current executive board was adopted as core model.

December 2010:

Discussions were opened with veterinary teaching hospitals with existing standards scheme to compare and evaluate common guidelines.

March 2011:

A small group representing VPAT visited AAHA HQ in Denver, Colorado in order to:

  • Understand more about the structure and function of AAHA
  • Gather information about AAHA accreditation system development, standards and protocols
  • Observe the accreditation process in field practices


April 2011:

At a summit meeting in Bangkok, the VPAT Executive Committee officially endorsed the TAHSA sub committee and its action plan. Four groups with distinct responsibilities were formed:

  1. Standards Committee: Key responsibilities:
    • Select appropriate priority phase I standards, keeping all mandatory standards in place
    • Delegate standards to expert panel to modify non-mandatory standards and ensure practicality of using in Thailand
    • Translate all into Thai language


  2. CE Committee: Key responsibilities:
    • Make standards available online and design continuing education opportunities for members to explain them


  3. Accreditation Committee: Key responsibilities:
    • Focus on the scoring process for non-mandatory standards
    • Design a self evaluation scheme to be available online
    • Plan accreditation process to start May 2013


  4. PR Group: Key responsibilities:
    • Work with hospital owners and stakeholders to help them understand the value of hospital standards
    • Engage members through the Thailand Animal Hospital Society
    • Start to make the public aware, educating owners on the importance of the hospital standards scheme


June-November 2011:

The Standards group met each month to create 13 priority standards in the following key areas:

  • Anesthesia
  • Contagious disease
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Emergency and critical care
  • Laboratory
  • Pain management
  • Patient care
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Examination facilities
  • Housekeeping and maintenance
  • Medical records
  • Client communication


Stakeholder's workshopDecember 2011:

First stakeholder's workshop held for animal hospital owners, directors representing private clinics and hospitals from all regions in Thailand and teaching animal hospitals from all six universities. Brainstorming session also held to identify key problems in hospital standards and standards of care.

May 2012:

Full translated version of the TAHSA were launched

August 2012:

Memorandum of Understanding signed with Hill's for continued support (2012-2015) of Thailand Animal Hospital Standards and Accreditation

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