For over 75 years, the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna has been proudly serving the veterinary needs of the community of Niskayuna, New York. The practice was originally established in 1936 by Dr. Ken Friderici and was known as the Friderici Animal Hospital. In 1955, Dr. Ken’s nephew, Dr. Art, joined the veterinary hospital and upon Dr. Ken’s retirement in 1962, became the sole owner of the practice.
In 1993, Dr. Ron Scharf bought the Friderici Animal Hospital from Dr. Art and renamed it the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna. He is proud to be a part of the history of his veterinary hospital and strives to maintain the trusting and compassionate reputation the hospital was founded on.
Dr. Scharf believes in the importance of thorough nursing care in the delivery of veterinary medicine. He maintains that the "human touch" is essential, and can often mean the difference between success or failure to a canine or feline friend recovering from an illness or injury.
In 1946, the hospital was awarded its first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation, a tradition that would be maintained, unbroken, from that year forward. Only 9 veterinary hospitals throughout the U.S. have maintained accreditation for that length of time.
AAHA accreditation is an ongoing commitment to maintaining a broad array of veterinary care standards that ensure that patients and clients are receiving the highest quality pet health care possible. Accreditation was established to enhance the level of care being provided to companion animals, and to provide a way for animal hospitals to demonstrate to their communities and clients their dedication to the highest quality pet care.
AAHA accreditation demonstrates a practice’s desire to: meet challenging benchmarks, operate using improved practice operations and skill checks, enhance their credibility with their peers and clients, and inspire pride and encourage leadership among its staff.
Participation is voluntary. Hospitals that accept the challenge of accreditation are evaluated on over 900 standards of veterinary care and business practices. Consultants regularly visit accredited facilities to ensure continued compliance in the following areas; quality of care, diagnostics and pharmacy, management, medical records, and facility.