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