The importance of why NorthStar VETS stays accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association

NorthStar VETS has been a member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for years and was named their referral practice of the year in 2013, which is one of the highest honors in our industry, and one of the many awards we’ve received of which we are most proud. Here is the statement we made when we were named.


“Our AAHA accreditation reflects NorthStar VETS’ commitment to consistently fulfilling our purpose statement: to improve the quality of life of our patients, our clients, the family veterinarian and our staff. AAHA accreditation highlights the importance of our 5 core values: professionalism, excellence, compassion, teamwork and service. As one of the few AAHA accredited referral practices, the importance of increasing public perception regarding the sophistication of our profession is paramount to us. Incorporating referral practice standards for quality patient care raises the level of care provided; it maintains a commitment to practicing quality, state-of-the-art veterinary medicine. Maintaining our AAHA accreditation holds us accountable to that commitment. The AAHA accreditation process itself was a wonderful team-building experience and our entire staff takes great pride in our AAHA achievement. As leaders in the veterinary referral field, we hope that our accreditation will inspire other practices (referral and general) to join AAHA’s commitment to meeting the highest standards in veterinary excellence in the ever-growing and rapidly-advancing veterinary industry.”

We are working here to get re-accredited and encourage all pet owners to learn more about AAHA accreditation and why it is important to the quality of veterinary care your pet receives. To get more information, visit

Rosalie LoScrudato, DVM, CVA, CCRPRosalie LoScrudato, DVM, CVA, CCRP
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner
Dr. LoScrudato received her undergraduate degree from Cook College, Rutgers University, and graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After graduation, Dr. LoScrudato returned to New Jersey and practiced small animal medicine for 17 years, developing an interest in emergency and critical care medicine. She joined NorthStar VETS in 2007 as an emergency clinician.

Dr. LoScrudato earned her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2009 from the Chi Institute. Dr LoScrudato started the Acupuncture service at NSV in 2009, giving our hospital another avenue to improve our patients’ comfort and function. Beginning in 2011, she transitioned from our ER department and dedicated her time to building the rehabilitation and pain management service at NSV along with Dr Pamela Levin. She completed her certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr LoScrudato was certified in companion animal pain management in March 2015. She considers her greatest achievements her four beautiful children. Dr LoScrudato enjoys music, spending quality time with her children, and fishing.

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