Saint Francis Veterinary Center is an award-winning specialty referral practice founded on the traditions of compassionate, ethical, expert medical care. Saint Francis is recognized by the American Animal Hospital Association as an Accredited Referral practice, a designation earned by fewer than 1% of North America’s 27,000 animal hospitals. In Southern New Jersey, Saint Francis is the only AAHA-accredited Referral hospital.
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In 2013, Saint Francis was honored with a Certificate of Special Senate Recognition by Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey for “innovative veterinary care and outstanding contributions to the community”.
Our hospital bears of the name of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals and of the Environment, whose love for animals was known in his day and has become legend in the centuries since. We draw inspiration from his life and example. Saint Francis’ humility toward the animal kingdom is recounted in the “Fioretti di San Francesco” (Little Flowers of Saint Francis), which is a collection of legends and folklore that emerged following his death in 1226 AD.
One such legend describes the ferocious wolf who had terrified the town of Gubbio. Saint Francis addressed the wolf, saying “Brother Wolf, I want to make peace between you and the people of Gubbio. The past is forgiven.” The townspeople realized the Wolf had merely been hungry and sick, and the Wolf realized the townspeople had only been afraid.
It is in this tradition that Saint Francis Veterinary Center was founded — to heal the sick, feed the hungry, comfort the timid, rescue the lost, and protect those among us who are most vulnerable… the animals who rely on us for care.
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Saint Francis Veterinary Center is recognized by the American Animal Hospital Association as an Accredited Referral practice. Fewer than 1% of all animal hospitals in North America – out of more than 27,000 total practices – earn this distinction, and fewer than 7% of the 3,100 standard (non Referral) AAHA-accredited practices achieve this designation. In New Jersey, fewer than half a dozen practices are AAHA Referral-accredited. In South Jersey, Saint Francis is the only AAHA Referral-accredited practice.
Saint Francis received AAHA-accreditation in these areas of specialty:
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Our most recent accreditation evaluation occurred in June of 2013. On average, our accreditation scores were 26% higher than required passing grades:
In 2013, Saint Francis was recognized by Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey with a Certificate of Special Senate Recognition for its “innovative veterinary care and outstanding contributions to the community”.