About Our AAHA Accredited Animal Hospital in Sarasota, FL
At Bay Road Animal Hospital, our goal is to keep animals healthy and to keep their humans happy as a result. We use the latest technology and veterinary practices, along with the best in customer service, to achieve these goals. We have two locations in the Sarasota, FL, area, and both are AHAA accredited. This accreditation means we hold the highest standards the American Animal Hospital Association has set in its policies.
Our veterinarian, Dr. David J. Smith, is the current owner of the practice. He bought it in 1980 from his business partner, Dr. William Greene, after having joined the practice in 1974. Dr. Smith helped get our animal hospital its AAHA accredited status, and was one of the first to do so in the Sarasota, FL area. He was also instrumental in opening our second location in East Sarasota. We have been in business for more than 30 years, and our commitment to the well-being of pets has always been our priority.
The Diagnostic Process
We want pets to be as healthy as they can be, so we don't take any shortcuts. Every visit is important. We look for the problem rather than simply prescribing medicine to treat it. We believe that finding the issue at hand will help us to better treat your pet. Our veterinarians go through the same four-part process in each case.
- Pet History: This is the starting point and the most vital step. We gather information based on your observations about your pet. We may ask about your animal’s diet, vaccinations, illnesses, and so forth.
- Physical Exam: The examination of your pet's body is essential to finding out what the problem is. We will examine your animal’s body from head to toe, including areas of concern.
- Tests: Often, the first two steps allow us to determine the problem. When there are still questions about the issue, we may do some diagnostics. Our technicians are certified in lab work, which reduces the chance for error.
- The Diagnosis: At this point, we should have enough information to determine the problem and offer some solutions. We will provide treatment to help ensure a speedy recovery for your pet.
Why AAHA Accredited
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) was established in 1933 by leaders in the veterinary profession. AAHA is the only organization to accredit companion animal veterinary hospitals. To become AAHA accredited, companion animal hospitals undergo regular, comprehensive onsite evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate each practice on more than 900 standards of veterinary care. This ensures that we offer a high level of service in diagnostics, pharmacy, management, medical records, and the quality of the facility itself. For more information on AAHA visit https://www.aaha.org/.
Schedule An Appointment With Us
Our veterinarians and staff at Bay Road Animal Hospital in Sarasota, FL are ready to help take care of your pet. Make an appointment online or by calling us at (941) 366-2275 (Bay Road and Osprey) or (941) 378-1236 (Honore and 17th). Schedule with us today!