posted September 1, 2005
Why pursue AVMA accreditation of an educational program in veterinary medicine or veterinary technology? A special new area on the AVMA Web site is devoted to resources oriented toward several audiences-existing institutions that are considering applying for accreditation, local veterinarians recognizing the need for an accredited technology program in their region, veterinary and veterinary technology students or prospective students inquiring about the benefits of an accredited program, and veterinary educators.
The AVMA Center for Veterinary Education Accreditation at www.avma.org/education/cvea/default.asp describes the programs administered by the Council on Education to accredit veterinary institutions and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities to accredit veterinary technology programs.
Accreditation by the COE and CVTEA represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.
Graduation from an AVMA-accredited institution is a prerequisite for licensure or certification for professional practice through most state licensing boards and credentialing agencies.
The Web resource, which is accessible to the public, includes startup information for new programs seeking CVTEA accreditation. Already in 2005, 11 additional veterinary technology programs are pursuing accreditation.
Veterinary and veterinary technology programs offered throughout the country are posted at the online site. Contact information on distance learning programs is also provided. The accreditation process is explained, and frequently asked questions are covered. Professional resources are included for veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary educators.