The Wesley V. Metzler Surgery Center of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region earned accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association.
The Humane Society is the only animal shelter in Colorado to have a surgery center with AAHA accreditation.
AAHA reviewed the center’s practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service.
Accredited veterinary practices are evaluated on approximately 900 standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. Only 15 percent of veterinary practices in the country are AAHA-accredited, according to a Human Society news release.
“This is very exciting for HSPPR because it proves our surgery center is offering the animals that come through our doors the very best care they could possibly have,” said Julie Crosby, manager of the Wesley V. Metzler Surgery Center at HSPPR.
Last year, the HSPPR surgery center performed 6,243 spays and neuters on shelter animals, trap-neuter-return cats and pets of income-qualifying individuals.
The center’s two full-time veterinarians, two part-time veterinarians and 11 veterinary technicians and assistants treat amputations, dentals, wound or laceration repairs, tumor/mass removals, foreign body/exploratory surgery and more.
The surgery center also acts as an emergency hospital with an Intensive Care Unit.