Foreign travel allowed for accreditation evaluators

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The Executive Board approved a measure intended to clarify the separation between the AVMA Council on Education and the AVMA by removing a provision governing site team travel.

The Executive Board modified Nov. 19 the policy on Council on Education travel to authorize site visits to foreign colleges seeking accreditation. AVMA policy had indicated travel to such schools required Executive Board approval, and the change is intended to reflect AVMA compliance with Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation guidelines on the separation and independence of accrediting bodies from their parent organizations.

If the policy change had not been approved, the council would have required board approval for expected travel in January to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, and in April to St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grenada, West Indies.

Dr. David E. Granstrom, director of the AVMA Education and Research Division, said that prior to the change, Executive Board disapproval of a site team's expenses for travel to a nonaccredited foreign school would have been equivalent to an adverse accreditation decision by the Council on Education. However, all expenses for accreditation of foreign schools are ultimately reimbursed by the schools, and the policy change is largely procedural. The Executive Board had never disapproved travel for a foreign site visit.