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ZimmVet Wins AAHA Practice of the Year Award

The Minnesota hospital and three other finalists successfully navigated the pandemic.

ZimmVet Wins AAHA Practice of the Year Award

A rural Minnesota veterinary hospital that, like three other finalists, demonstrated resilience during the pandemic has been named the 2021 AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year.

ZimmVet opened in 1993 in Zimmerman, a city of 5,600 people, and earned its American Animal Hospital Association accreditation four years ago.

“Throughout the pandemic, ZimmVet and all our applicants showed the importance and value of their AAHA accreditation,” said Anthony Merkle, CVT, the association’s Western regional manager. “While constantly rearranging normal business, they also remained focused on providing the highest level of veterinary care, and continued to evolve, challenge their status quo, and support their teams and community.”

The other finalists were Arizona Animal Wellness Center in Gilbert, Arizona; Moore Animal Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado; and Travelers Rest Animal Hospital in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Maria Krenz, DVM, purchased ZimmVet in 2008.

“We are truly honored to be recognized as the top AAHA-accredited veterinary practice for 2021,” Dr. Krenz stated on the ZimmVet website. “This award belongs to all of our incredible staff, who truly go above and beyond every day to provide a positive veterinary experience.”

The AAHA Awards Committee evaluated the hospitals based on their most recent accreditation scores, mission and vision, practice team composition, continuing education and training, and community service.

ZimmVet was honored at AAHA’s annual conference, Connexity.


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