Accredited veterinary colleges

Accredited veterinary colleges

Accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education® (COE) represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education. Institutions that earn AVMA COE accreditation confirm a commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

This page contains the only official online list of schools and programs accredited by the AVMA COE. The list is updated biannually.

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This information is provided as a public service by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education® (COE) consistent with a web listing protocol recommended by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).

This page contains the only official internet list of schools and programs accredited in the field(s) of veterinary medicine by the AVMA COE. The list is updated biannually. Schools, programs, degrees, or other information are listed here only after satisfactory completion of the AVMA COE accreditation process. Accreditation is achieved through a review process conducted by an external review panel of practitioners and academics, which verifies that the program meets the requirements of an accredited college of veterinary medicine. The AVMA COE is not responsible for the accuracy or timeliness of any accredited status representations on any other website.

  • Accredited is a classification granted to a college that has no deficiencies in any of the Standards and is granted for a period of up to seven years. A college with one or more minor deficiencies that have minimal or no effect on student learning or safety, that can be reasonably be addressed in one year, is Accredited with minor deficiencies. Colleges with a status of Accredited submit annual interim reports to monitor continued compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. Colleges with a status of Accredited with minor deficiencies submit reports twice a year.
  • Probationary Accreditation is granted to a college that has one or more major deficiencies that have more than minimal impact on student learning or safety. These deficiencies must be corrected in two years. The college must submit reports to the Council every six months. If minor deficiencies are not corrected within one year, a college will be placed on Probationary Accreditation for one additional year. The college then must submit reports to the Council every six months.
  • If a college granted Reasonable Assurance is making adequate progress in complying with the Standards, Provisional Accreditation may be granted to that college on the date that letters of acceptance (admission) are mailed to members of the initial class. When Provisional Accreditation is granted, interim reports are required at six-month intervals to monitor the program's progress in complying with the Standards; in particular changes in business or educational plans must be addressed in detail. Provisional Accreditation status may remain in effect no more than five years if the program complies with the necessary requirements. A program with Provisional Accreditation for five years or that does not provide continuing evidence that its program will comply with the Standards and its plan may be placed on Terminal Accreditation.

The Council on Education expects that 80% or more of each college's graduating senior students sitting for the NAVLE will have passed at the time of graduation. If no program graduates take the NAVLE, the Council will use other student educational outcomes in assessing compliance with the standard including those listed in section 12.11.1 of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education.
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