During the Executive Board meeting, a recommendation was approved to send two members of the Council on Education on two overseas consultative site visits. In August, two council members and one AVMA staff member will visit the Massey University Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences, New Zealand. In December, two council members will travel to the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine.
If an established foreign veterinary medical college desires consultative advice on its readiness for approval, the college may request a consultative site visit to provide an unofficial appraisal of the program as related to the Essential Requirements of an Accredited or Approved College of Veterinary Medicine. The college submits a detailed self-study report, and the council provides an unofficial written evaluation of its readiness for a complete site visit. All expenses are paid by the college, and a fee is levied to cover AVMA administrative costs.
In April 1999, the Executive Board lifted a July 1997 suspension on applications from foreign veterinary colleges seeking AVMA approval. The suspension provided an opportunity for the AVMA to consider its future role in the global enhancement of veterinary medical education. The AVMA encourages state boards to accept graduates of AVMA-approved foreign colleges under the same terms as graduates of AVMA-accredited (US/Canadian) colleges.
The AVMA approved the University of London Royal Veterinary College in February 1999 and the University of Glasgow Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Scotland in October 1999. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at State University of Utrecht, the Netherlands was the first foreign college approved by the AVMA, in 1973.