Proposed Changes to Accreditation Standards, September 2016

​Comments sought by December 1, 2016

The Council on Education recently reviewed and proposed changes to Standards 1, Organization; Standard 6, Students; Standard 7, Admission; Standard 8, Faculty; Standard 9, Curriculum; and Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment. Below are the proposed revisions to these standards (added text is underscored, deleted text is struck).
Written comments regarding Standards 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 and the proposed changes must be postmarked by (or e-mailed no later than) December 1, 2016. All comments will be forwarded to the AVMA Council on Education for consideration. Mail comments to Millie Maresh, Administrative Assistant, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Ste 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; e-mail
Rationale for proposed changes to the Standards
The Council is aware that veterinary medical colleges have a history of implementing policies and practices designed to promote diversity in veterinary medical education. However, the Council now believes that language promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion should be added throughout the Standards where appropriate.  A diverse faculty and staff provides opportunities for informal cultural learning and promotes student’s and faculty’s understanding of people of different backgrounds. An inclusive environment fosters a climate of mutual respect and assists in the preparation of graduates prepared to deliver a broad array of veterinary services to a diverse population.
In addition to language incorporating diversity and inclusion in to the Standards, language in Standard 1, Organization was revised to clarify the expectations of the role of the dean/chief executive officer of a veterinary medical college and what positons are expected to be filled with veterinarians; language was added to Standard 7, Admissions to clarify that practices be in place for admissions that ensure a fair and consistent admissions process; and client communications and ethical conduct in Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment were defined individually  and client communications was changed to communication skills to include more than client communications.