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.
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Visit the Office of Academic Affairs website for information on the college’s board examination pass rates.
The college's Master of Public Health program received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in June 2013, and was reaccredited in 2018 for a 7-year term through 2025.
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 International Accreditation
The college was awarded full accreditation by AAALAC International in October 2008 and has since received continuing accreditation three times, most recently in December 2017 (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.
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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.
In October 2017, Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services (ViTALS), a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory at the college, became the first diagnostic laboratory in Virginia to receive full accreditation from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), an internationally recognized accrediting body. The laboratory achieved the standard for full accreditation/all species through December 31, 2021.
The AAVLD Accreditation Program is a comprehensive laboratory inspection and accreditation program encompassing all laboratory disciplines. It is conducted as a peer-review process, inspections being performed by experienced working professionals also trained in auditing techniques specific to the AAVLD Accreditation Requirements.
Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award doctoral, masters, baccalaureate, and associate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Virginia Tech.