COE approves changes to accreditation standards

Published on December 22, 2017

Comments sought on additional changes

Advancing veterinary medical educationThe AVMA Council on Education recently approved revisions to the accreditation standards related to curriculum and students that are applied when evaluating veterinary medical colleges, and is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the standard governing outcomes assessment.

As part of its regular review process to ensure that the accreditation standards meet the needs of the veterinary profession, students and society, the council approved changes to Standard 6 (Students) and Standard 9 (Curriculum) after considering input received during a public comment period.

The changes to Standard 6 (Students) include adding a requirement that a college or its parent institution must provide information and access to counseling services regarding financial aid, debt management, and career advice, including selection of clinical experiences. Also added are requirements that the college’s printed electronic admissions information must include an accurate academic calendar, as well as information on procedures for withdrawal, including refund of a student’s tuition and fees as allowable.

Changes to Standard 9 (Curriculum) require that each college’s curriculum provide opportunities for students to learn about legal, economic and regulatory principles related to veterinary medicine.

The revised standards can be found in their entirety with the full set of COE accreditation standards on the AVMA website.

Comment sought on proposed revisions to Standard 11 (Outcomes Assessment)

Commenting Period Open Make Your Voice Heard

The Council is seeking public comment through January 31, 2018, on a proposed revision to Standard 11, governing Outcomes Assessment.

Written comments regarding the proposed revision must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 31, 2018. Mail comments to Anahita Gonda, Administrative Assistant, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd., Ste. 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360.  Emailed comments should be sent to agondaatavma [dot] org (subject: Standard%2011%20Public%20Comments) and must use the following subject line: Standard 11 Public Comments.

All comments will be forwarded to the AVMA Council on Education for consideration.

The Council also reviewed Standard 1 (Organization), Standard 2 (Finances) and Standard 10 (Research) during its standard review process, but proposed no revisions at this time.

Accreditation results

During its Sept. 24-26, meeting, the Council on Education made accreditation decisions based on comprehensive site visits to the Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University colleges of veterinary medicine. Details of those decisions are available on

Volunteers sought for open COE positions

Dedicated individuals are needed to fill three volunteer positions on the Council on Education beginning in July 2018. The AVMA Council on Education Selection Committee is looking for applicants to fill positions representing private food animal clinical practice, private clinical practice, and members at large. Information and application materials are available with other AVMA volunteer opportunities on the AVMA website. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2018.

Upcoming site visits and meetings

Comprehensive COE site visits are planned from February through May at the following veterinary medical colleges: Ross University, Lincoln Memorial University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma De México, St. George’s University, and Midwestern University. For more details, including dates of the visits, see the COE calendar of site visits.

The Council on Education’s next meeting is scheduled for March 17-20, 2018.