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AVMA COE Accreditation

AVMA COE AccreditedThe college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Associationís 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 collegeís 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 collegeís 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.

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AAHA Accreditation

AAHAThe 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.

CEPH Accreditation

CEPHThe 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.