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Rare accreditation earned by Humane Society's Metzler Surgery Center

At the grand opening of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's surgery center Feb. 24, 2009, the facility had no animals on hand or surgeries scheduled. So Dr. Wes Metzler, who would serve as the non-profit agency's CEO and executive director for 17 years in all, good-naturedly posed with a stuffed version of the pets that would soon be treated there.
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       The Westside-based Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPRR) has received American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accreditation for its surgery center.
       That makes HSPPR's Wesley V. Metzler Surgery Center the only animal shelter in Colorado to have that distinction, a press release states.
       The action was based on a “rigorous review of the center's practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service,” the release elaborates. “Only the top 15 percent of veterinary practices in the country are AAHA- accredited.”
       Founded by members of the veterinary industry in 1933, AAHA is “committed to excellence, promoting high-quality standards, improving pet care and supporting small-animal practices,” its website states.
       Dr. Metzler was the president and CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region for 17 years (until 2010). Following his death after a lengthy illness in January 2013, the center was named after him.
       HSPPR statistics show that the surgery center performed 6,243 spays and neuters last year. It is staffed by 2 full-time veterinarians, 2 part-time veterinarians and 11 veterinary technicians and assistants. Other services include exploratory surgery, dental work and wound or laceration repairs. The center also acts as an emergency hospital with an intensive care unit, the release adds.
       “This is very exciting for HSPPR because it proves our surgery center is offering the animals that come through our doors the very best care they could possibly have,” said center manager Julie Crosby. “Also, members of the public who take part in our donor-subsidized spay and neuter services will know their pets are receiving the highest quality care from a well-trained, professional veterinary team.”
       Started about 65 years ago and located at 610 Abbott Lane, HSPPR is a nonprofit that relies on donations. For more information, visit hsppr.org.

From a press release
(Posted 2/24/14- Community: Charitable)

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