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AVMA Council on Education Standards for Accreditation


Standards for Accreditation from the AVMA Council on Education Policies

The American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education has the responsibility for accrediting the schools and colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States. Each school or college of veterinary medicine is reviewed every 7 years.

Accreditation reviews the following 11 standards:

Organization

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Finances

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Physical Facilities and Equipment

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Clinical Resources

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Libraries and Information Resources

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Students

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Admission

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Faculty

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Curriculum

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Research Programs

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

Outcomes Assessment

  • The college must develop and follow its mission statement.

    An accredited college of veterinary medicine must be a part of an institution of higher learning accredited by an organization recognized for that purpose by its country's government. A college may be accredited only when it is a major academic administrative division of the parent institution and is afforded the same recognition, status, and autonomy as other professional colleges in that institution.

    The chief executive officer or dean must be a veterinarian, and the officer(s) responsible for the professional, ethical, and academic affairs of the veterinary medical teaching hospital must also be a veterinarian.

    There must be sufficient administrative staff to adequately manage the affairs of the college as appropriate to the enrollment and operation.

For more information on the AVMA and the accreditaiton process, please visit the AVMA website at: http://www.avma.org/education/cvea/default.asp

Students wishing to offer suggestions, comments or voice complaints regarding compliance of the School with the Standards for Accreditation may do so anonymously by writing to Dr. Thomas Van Winkle, Office of the Associate Dean for Education, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, 3800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19104. Suggestions, comments or complaints may also be sent via email to student-affairs@vet.upenn.edu. While using email is not anonymous, the confidentiality of the student will be protected. All suggestions, comments and complaints will be made available to the AVMA Council on Education annually.