What Sets Us Apart 

As one the longest continually operating veterinary clinics in the state of Texas, Rutherford Veterinary Hospital has a lot that sets us apart. We take into consideration the whole well-being of your four-legged friend. We focus on healing and prevention; as well as, recovery and treatment. We work with you to find the best solutions, not just the easy ones. Our caring doctors and staff go above and beyond to make sure you and your pet are taken care of every time.

Veterinary Hospital in DallasAAHA Accredited Animal Hospital: Champions for Excellent Care

We are proud to call ourselves an AAHA-accredited hospital since 1999. We are among approximately 12%-15% of animal hospitals that have gone through the accreditation evaluation process by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Established in 1933, the association is the only accrediting body for small animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.

In the United States, all human hospitals that serve people with Medicare must be accredited through an accrediting body. They undergo regular reviews and quality checks to ensure they meet standards of quality for every aspect of medical care. However, not all animal hospitals choose to pursue the AAHA-accreditation process since it is not required by the law. When it comes to pet health care, accreditation is voluntary. The accreditation process is rigorous and time-consuming, and not every veterinary hospital wants to go through the lengthy process.

Accreditation by AAHA means that an animal hospital has been evaluated on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. These standard touch all areas of the hospital and medical care.  They look at the facility, medical records, anesthesia protocols, surgical standards, and even dental care. To maintain our accreditation, we undergo a rigorous review by veterinary experts every three years. State and provincial regulations can vary widely, but AAHA standards do not. Therefore, AAHA accreditation is the standard of veterinary excellence.

Because we are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital, we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion, and keeping them healthy is our top priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets, because your pets deserve nothing less. Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet. Visit aaha.org/petowner.

Personalized Veterinary Services

In keeping with our commitment to provide veterinary excellence to you and your pet at every turn, we offer specialized services to ensure we can be your complete pet care provider. Some of the services we offer to assure your furry family member has everything they may need include:

  • Comprehensive internal medicine and surgical services
  • Yearly wellness exams and blood work
  • Cold laser therapy for inflammation and tissue healing
  • Acupuncture for pain and mobility issues
  • Individualized boarding and daycare
  • Full-service dental care
  • Advanced medical care for all ages
  • And much more

The Pet Taxi

Rutherford Veterinary Hospital has proudly offered the Pet Taxi service to our clients since our original hospital owner, Dr. Frank E. Rutherford, opened the clinic in 1924. We offer this service to our clients of record for a nominal fee Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are available to pick up your pet and return him or her after an exam, boarding or bath. We are also happy to provide door-to-door delivery service of your pet’s food or medication needs.

If you are a client of our animal hospital, please contact us today to ask about our Pet Taxi service or schedule transportation.