COE Standard: Changes to standards of accreditation

Update 6/16/2015: The comment period has been extended until July 23. 

The following content has been copied directly from the most recent edition of the COE Standard newsletter (sent Thursday, May 28).

COENewsLetterBooksImageThe Council on Education annually reviews four standards in depth to ensure that the Standards of Accreditation meet the needs of the profession, students enrolled in colleges offering veterinary medical educational programs, and society. The Council recently reviewed Standard 1, Organization; Standard 2, Finances; Standard 10, Research Programs; and Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment.

The Council has determined that no revisions are required for Standard 1, Organization and Standard 2, Finances as they are appropriate to meet the needs of the profession at this time.

The Council has proposed revisions for Standard 10, Research Programs and Standard 11, Outcomes Assessment as shown here in the linked PDF files (additions are underlined; deletions are struck through).

In addition, the Council proposes making changes (shown in PDF) to Section 12.10, Elements of the Self-Study, Research Programs, of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education, which states the information veterinary medical educational programs need to include in their self-study (additions are underlined; deletions are struck through).

The Council also proposes making changes (shown in PDF) to Section 12.11, Elements of the Self-Study, Outcomes Assessment, of the Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education, which states the information veterinary medical educational programs need to include in their self-study (additions are underlined, deletions are struck through).

Written comments regarding Standards 10 and 11 and the proposed changes must be postmarked by (or e-mailed no later than) June 20 July 23, 2015. All comments will be forwarded to the AVMA Council on Education for consideration. Mail comments to Millie Maresh, Administrative Assistant, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Ste 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360; e-mail mmaresh@avma.org

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2 thoughts on “COE Standard: Changes to standards of accreditation

  1. I do not think that the distributive model should be allowed as veterinary schools. In this model, students are taught how to implement the nine criteria of standard 11 by unaccredited clinics. If accreditation is so important, why are general practitioners assumed to be sufficient in training these students? Being a military spouse, I have worked and interviewed at over twenty clinics, and they are not all the same by any means. I have worked at everything from animal shelters to referral institutions, and I’ve seen the highest and lowest quality of medicine practiced. One gentleman that I interviewed with prepped his surgical instruments in a rusty screw top large mason jar filled with chlorhexidine. Of course, I chose not to work there, but students, especially in a rural area, may be forced to learn by whatever clinic can absorb them, and some of those may not be the best. I imagine that the students would compete for the best clinics, and the ones who are not chosen by the best will go to the poorer clinics. Aren’t they the ones who need the most guidance during the one year you have to help them? How are you protecting the students and getting them started on the right path? If schools have to pass all sorts of standards in order to keep their accreditation, why are these clinics, used as teaching institutions in the distributive models, not held to the same standards?

  2. looks like watering down the research requirements. That should make Mr. Cushion my pockets happy.

    Way to go, COE.