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Since 1984, Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital has voluntarily complied with the rigorous standards of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) qualifying as an AAHA member hospital.
AAHA standards pertain to a hospital's equipment, practice methods and management. Membership in the AAHA is available to any veterinary hospital in the United States and Canada that meets the high standards of medical practice and hospital procedures established by AAHA, provided the hospital director subscribes to the principles of the association.
Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital is a proud
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Evidence of compliance with these standards is determined through periodic, on-site thorough evaluations by field representatives of the association.
We are also proud to have been selected by B.C. Guide Dogs and the Delta K-9 Police Force as their primary care givers. Keeping these working canines in the best of health has been both challenging and rewarding.
Animal Health Technologists (AHTs)
We are fortunate to have many certified AHTs working at Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital. In order for them to attain their AHT diploma they must complete 2 full years of training (anesthesia, parasitology, anatomy etc.) at a college with an accredited veterinary technologist program. We are fortunate now to have a local program at the Douglas College-Coquitlam Campus. Our Animal Health Technologists regularly attend advanced seminars in areas such as internal medicine, dental care, nutrition and parasitology. To be a registered AHT, yearly continued education is a requirement.
Reception Staff (Customer Care Specialists)
We are proud of our reception staff whom take great joy in meeting you and your pets. They offer helpful advice and book your pets in for veterinary visits. All of our customer care assistants have had either formal post secondary training or have more than ten years experience. Our customer care team also participates regularly in continuing education in such areas as nutrition, grief counselling, and communication.
Ethical Procedures Policy
Scottsdale Veterinary Hospital does not perform the following procedures:
Ear Cropping and Tail Docking
The cropping of ears and docking of tails for cosmetic purposes is banned in British Columbia along with many other provinces and jurisdictions. Owners, breeders and veterinarians can be fined under B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act if such a procedure is performed for cosmetic reasons. There is no scientific evidence to support any health or welfare benefit; however there is evidence to support a detrimental effect on canine behaviour and communication.
Devocalization / Debarking
Debarking of dogs negatively affects canine behaviour. Appropriate breed selection, puppy socialization and adequate training are imperative to successful dog ownership. Debarking for reasons related to excessive barking does not treat the underlying reason for the behaviour. It is recommended that owners seek behavioural advice from their veterinarian or an animal behaviourist.
The removal of dewclaws may be considered if there is no bony attachment in dogs at time of spaying or neutering. Fixed dewclaw removals are considered a digital amputation and are not recommended unless due to trauma or for medical reasons.
Onychectomy (Declawing) / Tendonectomy
Scratching is a normal feline behaviour and due to long-term side effects declawing is strongly discouraged. Client education and alternative methods to deter destructive scratching behaviours are preferred. Environmental modification and enrichment, positive reinforcement training, nail trimming, and nail caps are recommended. Post-operative complications and negative effects on feline welfare and behaviour make declawing an out-dated practice.
Euthanasia of Healthy Pets
End of life care and humane euthanasia is a responsibility all animal health professionals take seriously. Euthanasia decisions will be made along with animal owners, and be considered for pets due to poor quality of life from disease, illness or injury, and those with irremediable behavioural issues, or behavioural challenges where their welfare is compromised or the safety of those in the community is a concern.