June 01, 2005


 Accredited U.S. colleges to pay fee

Posted May 15, 2005

Beginning in 2006, all U.S. colleges of veterinary medicine that are accredited by the AVMA Council on Education will be charged a $10,000 accreditation fee every seven years, the length of a full accreditation cycle. The Executive Board approved the recommendation in an effort to help share accreditation expenses. Dr. Jack O. Walther, immediate past president of the AVMA, submitted the recommendation.

Currently, accredited U.S. colleges are not charged an accreditation fee. In comparison, fully accredited foreign colleges, excluding Canada, pay $19,500 per full accreditation cycle and pay all travel costs associated with accreditation site visits.

The Association will generate an average of $40,000 per year, on the basis of the council's current accreditation of 28 U.S. colleges.