The Council on Education recommends standards for veterinary medical education and evaluates and accredits veterinary colleges based on approved standards. The Council also reviews the actions of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates, the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, and the American Board of Veterinary Specialties. The Council is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for veterinary colleges in the United States. The Council acts independently in making its accreditation decisions.
The Council includes 4 additional voting members and 1 nonvoting (liaison) member as follows: representatives of the public (3 individuals who are not veterinarians) appointed by the Council for two 3 year terms; a Canadian veterinarian to be appointed and funded by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for a term of three years; a veterinarian (nonvoting liaison) appointed and funded by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges for a term of three years.
Examples of Council activity include annual review of educational standards; foreign and domestic accreditation; site visits; reviews of annual reports; consultative site visits and review.
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