Accreditation of Veterinary Technology Programs - Site Visit Tips

Revised January 2009 

CVTEA Tips for a Smooth Site Visit— Common Deficiencies Noted on Site Visits

To help programs achieve AVMA-accreditation, the CVTEA has outlined below several areas of common deficiencies found during site visits. This list is not intended for programs to place heavier emphasis on these areas, only to simply point out that the site team will include these areas during the evaluation. The below areas represent common sources of critical and major recommendations that programs should be aware are under the purview of the CVTEA evaluation.

  1. Regulatory issues:
    Although the site team and CVTEA are not regulatory officials, recognition that issues of non-compliance with regulations can be potentially deleterious to programs makes this germane to site visits. Frequent issues:
    1. OSHA: secondary labeling, eyewash stations, MSDS, radiation safety, anesthetic vaporizer calibration/maintenance, ground fault-interrupted circuitry, signage, food in animal-use refrigerators, personal protection equipment, sanitizable surfaces, oxygen cylinder storage, large animal handling facilities
    2. USDA/Animal Welfare Act: IACUC structure and functioning, animal care and use protocols, animal housing and environmental control, emergency plans, animal food storage and dating, pharmaceuticals and test kit dating
    3. DEA: controlled drug storage and logs
  2. Policies:
    1. Memoranda of understanding with all off-campus providers of instructional support
    2. Written policies for student pregnancy and rabies immunization, with waivers where appropriate
  3. Documentation:
    1. Skills list completion
    2. Criteria for evaluation of student skills acquisition
    3. Criteria for student evaluation by externship site supervisors
    4. Long-range plans
    5. Radiology, survey logs
  4. Miscellaneous:
    1. Library holdings
    2. Contemporary emergency ["crash"] kit presence
    3. Student computer access
    4. Program faculty meetings/communications
  5. Issues often beyond program control:
    1. Adequacy of staffing
    2. Adequacy of budget
    3. Facilities
    4. Equipment, supplies