The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) recently awarded the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences full accreditation for the next seven years. Eleanor M. Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary medicine, announced the accreditation renewal to the college in late April.
“Achieving this benchmark in a college with a rich 100-year history during its centennial is especially meaningful,” Dr. Green said. “This designation speaks to the superb quality of the only college of veterinary medicine in the state of Texas, constantly striving for excellence. This is a resounding endorsement of the quality of the faculty, staff and students upon which all programs depend, as well as the leadership of Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M University System and the Board of Regents. The knowledge of the CVM and support by the leadership has been essential.”
Green said that during the AVMA COE accreditation site visit exit interview the accreditation team commented on the CVM’s positive learning and working environment and complimented the faculty, staff and students. The team also noted the strong research program and success in engaging students in research. Further, the accreditation team commended the CVM on robust educational opportunities at the Houston SPCA, the Veterinary Emergency Team, the noticeable dedication to diversity and an inclusive environment, professional development opportunities, outcomes assessment initiatives and the Center for Education Technologies with its support in the curricular review process.
The AVMA COE reviews each program every seven years to determine if renewing accreditation is appropriate and if the program meets the standards necessary for a veterinary medical program, the college noted. The COE measures veterinary programs according to 11 standards, including curriculum, facilities, clinical resources and research. These standards are reviewed regularly by a number of parties, including the AVMA House of Delegates, veterinary practitioners, faculty, deans of colleges of veterinary medicine, veterinary students and the public, the college further noted.
“Full accreditation status ensures that graduates are prepared to serve society in diverse careers including clinical practice, public health, conservation, biomedical research, public policy, global health and much more,” said Kenita Rogers, DVM, executive associate dean. “The CVM has a 100-year history of education, research, and service to the state of Texas and is proud to again be recognized by the AVMA COE.”