Accreditation
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Accreditation


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

  • American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE)
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International

AVMA COE Accreditation

AVMA COE AccreditedThe college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education (AVMA COE). The last AVMA COE site visit was in 2007 and the next visit is scheduled for 2014.

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 for Academic Affairs website for information on the college's board examination pass rates.


AAALAC International Accreditation

AAALACThe college was awarded full accreditation by AAALAC International on October 24, 2008 (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.