Hospital Accreditation Scheme

The ASAV Hospital Accreditation Scheme recognises companion animal practices that achieve the highest levels of quality health care and practice management in innovative, state-of-the-art hospital facilities.

ASAV Accredited Hospitals set a benchmark to inspire other small animal practitioners when assessing their own facilities and standards.

Accredited hospitals enjoy recognition from clients for the excellent standards of care they offer. When awarded accreditation, the hospital receives a plaque for display, a logo to use on letterhead and other stationery, plus recognition in an issue of Companion.

Many hospitals also report positive effects on staff morale as a result of the recognition of the standards that they help achieve in their workplace.

View the complete list of ASAV Hospitals of Excellence


  • Frequently asked questions

    • How does my practice become accredited?
      • Firstly, read the Manual of Hospital Standards to learn about the standards you'll need to meet. Then read the New and Reaccreditation submission letter and contact the ASAV office to help you through the process on 02 9431 5091.

        AHC Manual of Hospital Standards and Accreditation

        AHC New Accreditation submission letter

        AHC Reaccreditation submission letter

        It's important to involve all members of staff and set aside sufficient time for planning and preparation.

        You should complete and submit the Application Form and Evaluation Questionnaire (included in the Manual), then mail these and any other submission requirements as detailed in the manual, along with a cheque to the ASAV Executive Officer.

        Finally, set aside a day for the actual accreditation process.

    • What are the costs?
      • Initial Accreditation:  $2,010.00

        Reaccreditation:  $2,010.00

        Additional records evaluation:  $255.00 (per set of records)

        Repeat site inspection:  $1,285.00

    • Is the process straightforward?
      • Yes. However if you are having difficulty at any time you can speak with the staff at the office or to one of the committee for advice and encouragement.

    • How many ‘manual’ copies do we fill out?
      • Two. You can put a sheet of carbon paper between the duplicate pages to make this less time consuming (or you can photocopy the completed pages.) One copy is kept for your own records and one is sent to the assessor to view.

    • Which areas are checked first?
      • The medical and radiographic reports are checked first and then an inspection is organised after that.

    • Do we get our x-rays back?
      • Yes. As soon as they have been appraised by the specialist. They are sent to the ASAV office and we send them on to you.

    • How long does it take?
      • This very much depends on the quality of the materials presented by the applicant. Every endeavour is made by the Committee to make this a smooth and timely process. However in some instances, the Committee or Inspectors may ask for further information from the hospital.

    • When do we get accredited?
      • The plaques are given out at the Annual Dinner at the ASAV Annual Conference.

    • Does the ASAV keep anything?
      • No. Everything is returned.

    • What about re-accreditation?
      • Hospitals are accredited for four years (in most instances) and then must apply for re-accreditation. Occasionally, hospitals are given a one year provisional accreditation and they have to demonstrate an improvement to be granted a three year term.

        For further information, contact the ASAV office on 02 9431 5091 or via email.


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