Accreditation fees for foreign colleges increase, training video funded

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Two recommendations from the Council on Education received Executive Board approval in April.

Among them, the board approved an increase in fees charged to foreign veterinary colleges seeking AVMA accreditation. The COE proposed the increase in an effort to keep up with the rate of U.S. inflation. The increase will take effect at the beginning of 2008 and will provide the AVMA with an additional $10,000 in income each year.

The consultative site visit will cost $10,000, up from $8,500, and the full site visit will cost $15,000, up from $12,000. Also, a new category called consultation with the college was added and costs $2,000. The category was added to cover costs during visits where accredited foreign colleges request that the site team members provide consultation on specific items.

Fees associated with short site visits ($2,750) and reviews of annual reports ($1,000) were not increased.

Also related to accreditation, the board approved funding of the production of a training DVD on standards for accreditation, for use by the COE and site team members. The video should be completed in fall 2007 and will cost $2,500. The videos provide an interpretation of each standard for accreditation and procedures for verifying that a college complies with each standard.