Proposed Changes to Accreditation Standards

Fall 2011

At its September 18-20, 2011 meeting the COE reviewed Standard 10, Research Programs and Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment. Below are the proposed revisions to these standards (added text is underscored, deleted text is struck).

In accordance with the policies and procedures of the COE, proposed changes to the Standards of Accreditation must be submitted to the public for review, comment, and/or suggestions before being recommended to the AVMA Executive Board for approval.

Written comments postmarked by (or e-mailed no later than) December 1, 2011 will be forwarded to the AVMA Council on Education for consideration. Mail comments to Millie Maresh, Administrative Assistant, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Ste 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; e-mail Millie Maresh.

Standard 10, Research Programs

The College shallmust maintain adequate research activities of high quality that integrate with and strengthen the professional program.

Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment

Outcomes assessment measures that address the college mission must be developed and implemented. Outcomes assessment results must be used to improve the college programs.Outcomes of the DVM program must be measured, analyzed, and considered to improve the program. Student achievement during the pre-clinical and clinical curriculum and after graduation must be included in outcome assessment. New graduates must have the basic scientific knowledge, skills, and values to provide entry-level health care, independently, at the time of graduation.

The school/college must develop relevant measures and provide evidence that students/graduates have attained the following competencies:

  1. comprehensive patient diagnosis (problem solving skills), appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing, and record management
  2. comprehensive treatment planning including patient referral when indicated
  3. anesthesia and pain management, patient welfare
  4. basic surgery skills, experience, and case management
  5. basic medicine skills, experience and case management
  6. emergency and intensive care case management
  7. health promotion, disease prevention/biosecurity, zoonosis, and food safety
  8. client communications and ethical conduct
  9. critical analysis of new information relevant to veterinary medicine


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