Vet tech programs accredited or terminated

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The AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities remains as busy as ever, evaluating nine new programs and granting accreditation to eight of them at its latest meeting, Nov. 3-6, 2011, at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

The newly accredited programs are as follows:

  • Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Brown Mackie College-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Brown Mackie College-Kansas City, Lenexa, Kan.
  • Globe University-Madison East, Madison, Wis.
  • Globe University-Wausau, Wausau, Wis.
  • Miami-Jacobs Career College, Troy, Ohio
  • Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville, Lakeville, Minn.
  • Pima Medical Institute-Tucson, Tucson, Ariz.

In other CVTEA actions, Midland College in Midland, Texas, and Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., requested and were granted terminal accreditation because of program closures. Hartnell College in Salinas, Calif., had its accreditation withdrawn after having been on terminal accreditation and graduating all remaining students.

Dr. Karen M. Brandt, staff consultant to the CVTEA, explained that if a college determines that it will no longer offer a program to educate veterinary technicians and demonstrates that, in the meantime, it continues to meet the applicable standards of accreditation, the committee will grant terminal accreditation. Graduates of terminally accredited programs are considered graduates of an accredited program. Currently, three programs are in terminal accreditation. In addition to the programs listed previously, Quinipiac College in Hamden, Conn., is also in the process of phasing out its veterinary technology program.

That brings the total of accredited veterinary technician programs to 191. Twenty-one of those programs offer a four-year degree, and nine offer distance-learning opportunities. Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, and Rhode Island are the only states, along with the District of Columbia, that do not have AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs.

To view the complete list, go here, and select "Veterinary technology programs."

During its meeting, the CVTEA also evaluated 26 site visit reports and reviewed numerous annual, biennial, interim, and terminal reports, in addition to other requests. The CVTEA has 48 site visits scheduled for 2012.