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OHS Hospital Gets Top Marks


Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS Director of Shelter Medicine  

November 7, 2013: The Oregon Humane Society’s veterinary hospital has once again received top marks from the nation’s leading accreditation organization, making it just one of 12 humane societies in the nation to meet the group’s exacting standards.


The OHS Holman Medical Center’s was recently reaccredited following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The evaluation included a review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.


“I would like to congratulate the Oregon Humane Society on vigilantly keeping up with advancements in veterinary medicine and adhering to the Association’s high standards,” said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, AAHA chief executive officer. “They are clearly committed to doing their very best as evidenced by the hard work and effort they put into this voluntary process.”


Every Aspect of Care Evaluated


The OHS hospital, part of the Animal Medical and Learning Center adjacent to the OHS shelter, was measured against more than 900 standards of excellence in virtually every area of practice by AAHA. Only 12 humane society hospitals have gained AAHA accreditation, and only 15 percent of all animal practices in the US and Canada are accredited.


OHS received its first AAHA accreditation in November, 2008. AAHA standards are continuously updated to keep accredited practices at the forefront of veterinary medicine and patient care.


Opened in 2007


Since its opening in 2007, the medical center has performed 65,000 surgeries, assisted shelters across the region, and served as a teaching hospital for nearly 500 veterinary students from the Oregon State University. In 2012, the OHS medical team performed approximately 13,000 spay and neuter surgeries and more than 1,300 emergency and other needed surgeries.


The Holman Medical Center is directly attached to the OHS shelter at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd. in Portland. The center cares primarily for shelter animals, but also offers low-cost spay and neuter services to qualifying members of the public through the felihne Spay & Save program.