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Our History, Mission, and Philosophy of Practice
On May 2nd of 1983, South Athens Animal Clinic opened as a small animal (dog and cat) clinic in a shopping center on South Milledge Avenue. We moved into our present location in 1988 and in 1989 qualified as a member hospital of the American Animal Hospital Association. From one doctor and two employees in 1983 to three doctors and twenty-five employees currently, South Athens Animal Clinic has grown in a manner reflecting the growth of our community. We strive to achieve our mission using our practice philosophy.

Mission Statement
It is our mission to provide the finest veterinary care possible for our dog and cat "patients" and to be client oriented, stressing good communication and a friendly atmosphere.

Philosophy of Practice
The Athens area is a wonderful place to live and work. It's history of music, the arts, academics and sports are a combination few small town communities can match. These, along with quality local medical care, parks and nearby rural and agricultural settings attract people of all ages and interests.
For nearly thirty years we have been serving this Athens area community. As a certified American Animal Hospital, South Athens is a well equipped and prepared veterinary hospital. Established protocols are in place so that our doctors and staff can provide the medical and surgical expertise for nearly all of our caseload. If a board certified specialist is needed, it should not be surprising that Athens has veterinary specialists in every field available to either call for consultation or for a referral for treatment. We take advantage of this to achieve our goal of providing the finest veterinary care for your pet.
We also strive to be client oriented. When someone walks into our clinic with a pet they are hiring us to provide a service and there is no obligation on their part to come back. We have to re-earn that privilege. Questions should be answered, telephone calls returned and all the people should be treated fairly and with kindness and respect.

These are the principles upon which our practice has been built.

What is an AAHA hospital?

Founded in 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) focuses on promoting high-quality standards for the rapidly evolving sector of small animal private practice through accreditation and other initiatives. Educational programs, publications for veterinary professionals, and services in the area of veterinary practice management are some of the key elements AAHA offers its membership. AAHA presently serves approximately 6,000 practice teams in the U.S. and Canada, and more than 40,000 veterinary care providers in North America and overseas. Since its beginning, AAHA has been committed to excellence and has helped stimulate and maintain the growth and development of the practice of small animal medicine throughout the world.

The AAHA Mission Statement states that the purpose of the American Animal Hospital Association is to:

* Enhance the abilities of veterinarians to provide quality medical care to companion animals
* Enable veterinarians to successfully conduct their practices and maintain their facilities with high standards of excellence
* Meet the public's needs as they relate to the delivery of small animal veterinary medicine

South Athens Animal Clinic is proud to have been a member hospital of the American Animal Hospital Association since 1989.

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