The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Announces Accreditation Renewal
Posted April 20, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences (CVM), at Texas A&M University, has
again received full accreditation for the next seven years by the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education
(COE). Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King dean of veterinary
medicine, announced the accreditation to the college on April 19,
The AVMA COE is recognized by the United States Department of
Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and is
responsible for accrediting programs that offer a professional
doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree in the United States,
Canada, and other nations. It is recognized internationally as the
benchmark for quality in veterinary education.
The AVMA COE’s decision to grant the CVM accreditation reflects
the high educational standard of the college. The CVM is one of the
largest colleges of veterinary medicine nationally, with over 527
DVM students. As of May 2015, the CVM has graduated 7,697
DVMs. In addition, the CVM was ranked sixth in the world and third
in the nation by Quacquarelli Symonds in 2015.
“Achieving this benchmark in a college with a rich 100-year
history during its centennial is especially meaningful,” said
Green. “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
Green noted that during the AVMA COE accreditation site visit
exit interview in December 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.
After the exit interview, Texas A&M President Michael Young,
Provost Karan Watson, and Vice President Christine Stanley
congratulated the CVM on this positive review.
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 COE
measures veterinary programs according to eleven 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.
“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 Dr. Kenita Rogers, 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.”
The COE accreditation process is rigorous and ensures that DVM
students receive a high-quality education.
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