Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine retains full American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has retained full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education. The decision was made at the council’s Oct. 7-9 meeting at AVMA headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill.

The American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education is recognized as the accrediting body for schools and programs that offer the professional doctor of veterinary medicine degree. To maintain accreditation, veterinary colleges must provide an extensive self-evaluation and arrange for a site visit at intervals of not more than seven years.

Auburn submitted a self-study report in August and a comprehensive site visit took place Sept. 16-20.

“Accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education worldwide,” said Frederic Hoerr, interim dean of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The college was evaluated on 11 standards including organization of its staff, faculty and administrators; finances needed to sustain the educational programs and mission of the college; curriculum; facilities and equipment; library and information resources available; and research programs.

Calvin Johnson, who served as the college’s acting dean from June 2011 to October 2012, led the efforts for the accreditation process.

“It was an honor to share our programs and facilities with the accreditation team,” said Johnson. “A sense of pride among the students, staff and faculty was evident at every step along the way.”

Johnson said comments from the committee were very positive. Comments included that students are enthusiastic about the program and highly supportive of the faculty and administration; the faculty is collaborative and very supportive of students; the college administration was commended for creating a culture of inclusion and shared governance that is flexible and responsive to faculty and student needs; modern, well-equipped classrooms and study rooms in Overton provide an exceptional student learning environment; and the college was commended for providing student exposure to research in the professional program and creating a culture that embraces the importance of research and lifelong learning.

The veterinary program at Auburn is the oldest in the South and the nation’s seventh oldest.  More than 6,300 doctors of veterinary medicine have graduated since the first degrees were officially awarded in 1909.

(Written by Tara Lanier.)

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