Planning on AAHA accreditation? Focus on the layout of your surgery room

August 26, 2017
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist

Katie James is an Associate Content Specialist for UBM Animal Care. She produces and edits content for and its associated print publications, dvm360 magazine, Vetted and Firstline. She has a passion for creating highly-engaging content through the use of new technology and storytelling platforms. In 2018, she was named a Folio: Rising Star Award Honoree, an award given to individuals who are making their mark and disrupting the status quo of magazine media, even in the early stages of their careers. She was also named an American Society of Business Publication Editors Young Leader Scholar in 2015. Katie grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Outside of the office her sidekick is an energetic Australian cattle dog mix named Blitz.

Live from the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference, architect Heather Lewis shares design tips for AAHA accreditation.

While there are several AAHA accreditation standards that necessitate thought during the building process, the most important is how your surgery suite is laid out, says Heather Lewis, AIA, of Animal Arts in Boulder, Colorado. This includes the surgery preparation area, the surgery suite itself, and post-operation recovery space.

Want to know what Lewis says are deal-killers? Check out the video below, shot live at the Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Conference. Lewis also gave a lecture dedicated entirely to design elements specific to AAHA accreditation. Check out a recap here.