We admit it, we’re overachievers. Maybe even a little bit nerdy. But when your cat’s health is at stake, we just can’t stop learning and striving! For your cat’s best health and comfort, Dr. Rucinsky is an ABVP accredited feline specialist, and our practice is both accredited by AAHA and a gold level Cat Friendly Practice.
We know, that’s a lot of abbreviations and terms we just threw out there! Let’s talk about what they mean for you and your cat.
The American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) was founded in 1978 with the purpose of promoting and recognizing the highest standards in veterinary clinical practice. The diplomates of ABVP are veterinarians who have demonstrated expertise in the broad range of clinical subjects relevant to their practice and have earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals.
Our Dr. Rucinsky chose to spend several additional years of education pursuing ABVP board certification to be able to offer a higher level of care to her patients and clients.
She is the only board certified feline specialist in the Eastern Shore and Annapolis area, and one of fewer than 100 active ABVP feline specialists in the world.
What this means to you: You can rest easy knowing your cat is receiving expert treatment by a feline specialist with a strong commitment to providing the best possible care.
Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital is accredited by AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association. Unlike human hospitals, animal hospitals are not required to be accredited. To achieve and maintain accreditation by this prestigious organization, we must continue to maintain the highest standards of medicine, surgery, record keeping, services provided, and continuing education. Our practice is evaluated on-site every three years on approximately 900 standards of excellence to maintain our AAHA-accredited status.
Only about 15% of animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada are AAHA accredited, so we’re very proud to have achieved this accreditation!
What this means to you: You can take comfort in knowing that you are a client of a veterinary practice which holds itself to a higher standard, and your cat is receiving care at a hospital that has passed the highest standards in veterinary care.
The Cat Friendly Practice accreditation program was created by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) to help veterinary practices encourage and facilitate good quality veterinary care for cats, as well as meet the wide range of unique needs of cats in a veterinary practice setting. Cat Friendly Practices must prove that they take extra measures to understand the unique needs of cats, have made veterinary visits more cat-friendly, handle their feline patients in a gentle, empathetic manner, have appropriate equipment for their feline patients, and meet standards for the facilities and care for hospitalized cats.
Mid Atlantic Cat Hospital is the only gold level Cat Friendly Practice on the Eastern Shore.
What this means to you: You can relax knowing that everything at our practice: the physical environment, veterinarian and staff education, and the way we approach, handle, diagnose, and treat your cat, is designed to make your cat’s visit to our office as feline-friendly and stress-free as possible.
The Fear Free certification program was created by Dr. Marty Becker to help resolve the downward trend in veterinary visits, restore trust in veterinarians as the true pet health experts, and most importantly, reduce feelings of stress, resulting in a better experience for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams: Fear Free veterinary visits.
What this means to you: You can look forward to your cat’s visits to our practice, knowing we’ll take a thoughtful and innovative approach to ensure your cat feels safe and comfortable while here.
We are proud to be a PAW-FRIENDLY PRACTICE. Our veterinarians do not perform declaw procedures. We are happy to educate about alternative options.
To learn more about the anti-declaw movement in the United States, visit www.pawproject.org.