Education and the AVMA COE: FAQ

The accreditation system can sometimes be complex and confusing, even to those who are intimately involved with it. Get answers here to some of the questions we are asked most frequently.

Who initiates the accreditation process?

When is the self-study report due?

Are online distance learning programs available?

What does the reciprocity agreement with foreign countries mean?

Who pays for site visits?

Does the Council ever refuse to go on a site visit?

Is there a COE annual report?

Who are the current COE members?

Why might a school not be fully accredited?

Are there reviews between site visits?

What happens on a site visit?

Why should a veterinary student care about accreditation?

What about accreditation of veterinary technician programs?

Does someone oversee the activities of the COE?

How does the Council handle conflicts of interest?

Which European veterinary colleges are accredited?

What is the best veterinary school?

Is there student representation on the Council on Education?

What is the COE looking for in a college's SOPs?

What is an effective records retrieval system?

What is the percentage of absolute attrition?

In calculation student attrition, what should be put in the first attrition column of the attrition table (Table B)?

In calculation student attrition, what should be in the "relative attrition — personal" column of the attrition table (Table B)?

Is accreditation an "all or none" classification?

What does "fully accredited" mean?

What happens if a college doesn't meet the criteria for full accreditation?

What happens if a college with limited accreditation status doesn't correct its deficiencies?

Does the performance of a college's graduates on licensing examinations have any effect on a college's accreditation status?

How does a new veterinary college become accredited?

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