Welcome to Saint Francis Veterinary Center, an award-winning, specialty referral practice founded on the traditions of compassionate, ethical, expert medical care. One of only 15% of animal hospitals in North America to achieve AAHA accreditation, and home to numerous Board Certified specialists and other veterinary experts, our hospital bears the name of Saint Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals and of the Environment.
Saint Francis’ love for animals was known in his day and has become legend in the centuries since, and 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.
Saint Francis Veterinary Center, one of South Jersey’s leading veterinary specialty referral hospitals, is an award-winning facility that is one of only 15% of veterinary hospitals in North America accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. This means that Saint Francis was evaluated on over 900 categories, ranging from the quality of medicine to our standards of customer service.
Our AAHA accreditation scores, which are among the highest in the nation, include:
Referral Standards 100% Pain Management 100% Contagious Diseases 100% Client Services 100% Medical Records 98% Exam Rooms 97% Emergency/Critical Care 96% Patient Care 96% Surgery 95% Diagnostic Imaging 90% Laboratory 89%
The AAHA Standards of Accreditation assess care and service in the areas of:
- Client Education
- Contagious Disease
- Continuing Care
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Emergency/Critical Care
- Examination Room
- Human Resources
- Medical Records
- Pain Management
- Patient Care
- Practice Leadership