Accreditation

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the following bodies.

AVMA COE Accredited

AVMA COE Accreditation

The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE). The last AVMA COE site visit was in 2014 and the next visit is scheduled for 2021.

The accreditation process involves a very comprehensive and detailed examination of a college’s programs and aspirations. A comprehensive self-study is conducted by the institution in close association with the AVMA-COE, and the accreditation team conducts an extensive site visit in which they rigorously inspect and evaluate the physical plant and facilities, budgets, operations, and policies. They also conduct extensive interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and university administrators in order to ascertain their perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of the college’s programs.

Learn more about AVMA COE accreditation.

Visit the Office of Academic Affairs website for information on the college’s board examination pass rates.

CEPH Master's Accredited

CEPH Accreditation

The college's Master of Public Health program received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2013.

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the only independent agency recognized to accredit graduate schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health. CEPH assists schools and programs in evaluating the quality of their instructional, research and service efforts, and grants accreditation to those schools and programs that meet its published criteria.

AAALAC

AAALAC International Accreditation

The college was awarded full accreditation by AAALAC International in October 2008 and received continuing accreditation in September 2014 (AAALAC accreditation # 001123).

Earning AAALAC accreditation is a rigorous process that involves a detailed examination of an organization's institutional policies, procedures and performance regarding animal care and use in the areas of research, education, testing, and breeding. Teams of professionals evaluate a comprehensive written document and conduct a site visitation that analyzes institutional performance in animal husbandry, veterinary care, physical plant, and other areas.

Along with meeting all applicable local and national regulations regarding the use of animals in science, AAALAC accredited institutions must also demonstrate that they are achieving standards outlined in the National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Developed in 1996, those standards exceed those that are required by law.

Learn more about AAALAC accreditation.

AAHA Accredited

AAHA Accreditation

The Small Animal Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia marked 25 years of accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Accreditation (AAHA) in 2013.

Since 1988, the veterinary college has voluntarily submitted itself to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Standards of Accreditation. Achieving accreditation by AAHA is an important milestone to delivering quality pet care.

The AAHA Standards of Accreditation, viewed as the standard of veterinary excellence, contain more than 900 individual standards, divided into 19 sections. These areas of focus include: patient care and pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.