The AVMA Council on Education (COE) has a very long and successful history of contributions to maintain the high standards of veterinary education in the United States. Indeed, we have an accreditation system that others seek to emulate. The United States and Canada continue to be world leaders in veterinary medical education, due in large part to the diligent efforts of the COE and its predecessors sponsored by the AVMA. Since its inception, the Council has consistently applied the standards of accreditation to all schools that seek accreditation.
The COE follows its published policies and procedures with great care throughout the accreditation process. Council members spend hundreds of hours annually gathering, validating, and studying information related to the accreditation of veterinary colleges.
The accreditation process can sometimes be complex and confusing, even to those who are intimately involved with it. Here are answers to some of the questions we are asked most frequently.