We previously notified you of three proposed bylaws amendments and four resolutions to be considered by the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) in July. Three additional proposed resolutions are now on the agenda. All three of these resolutions address and would impact the Council on Education (COE).
Proposed Resolution #11-2015 recommends that the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD) consider recommending to the Council on Education (COE) that the COE enact a one-year moratorium on all new veterinary school accreditation actions.
Proposed Resolution #12-2015 recommends the AVMA BOD consider establishing a Veterinary Accreditation Review Board that would be tasked with the responsibility of determining the new governance, financial and legal structure of a new, autonomous Council on Education.
Proposed Resolution #13-2015 is similar to resolution to #12-2015. It recommends that the BOD consider establishing an accrediting body that operates independently from the AVMA with its own bylaws, budget, Board of Directors, and staff. However, the authors also recommend that this independent accrediting agency would remain under the umbrella of the AVMA.
The AVMA Board of Directors has provided a memorandum, FAQ document, and accreditation comparison chart to the HOD with regards to these resolutions and to provide additional perspective and clarification regarding the statements in the proposed resolutions. All of the proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions, including those considered during the HOD Winter Session in January 2015, can be found in the Governance section of the website. AVMA members are encouraged to contact their HOD delegates to provide their input on any or all of these proposed amendments or resolutions.
For more information about the COE and accreditation, visit the COE Accreditation section of our site, view the AVMA@Work blog posts and recent JAVMA News coverage providing COE news and information, such as the articles listed below:
- Learning to listen: In bid for re-recognition by USDE, AVMA education council called to reach out to practitioners (March 15, 2015)
- Major changes the COE has made in the past few years (March 15, 2015)
- Past council decisions a continued source of debate (March 15, 2015)
- AVMA hears calls to end accreditation role (March 15, 2015)
- HOD again rejects measures to stop foreign accreditation (March 1, 2014)