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What is Veterinary School Accreditation?

Accreditation of veterinary schools is an integral part of quality assurance procedures for veterinary education. In general, the process operates regionally and includes a number of countries in each system. In Australia and New Zealand the system is managed by the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC) which reports to the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC).

Staying current

As part of its annual revision of procedures VSAAC is mindful of the desire of different veterinary accreditation bodies to adopt comparable standards and procedures in order to facilitate movement of veterinarians between different countries. VSAAC also notes developments in accreditation procedures in other professions and has attempted to adopt procedures that are consistent with contemporary thinking in the area.

International standards

Regular meetings of veterinary accreditation bodies in the UK , Australia and the USA have sought to understand and find common ground in some of the jurisdictions responsible for veterinary accreditation – namely the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVBC and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with recognition of the key role of the European accreditation system, EAEVE. Successful joint visits of the AVMA and AVBC / RCVS have been held since 2007 at Massey,  Murdoch,  Sydney and  Melbourne Universities. EAEVE and the South African Veterinary Council have sent observers to the site visits and been involved with International Accreditation Working Group Meetings since 2007.

Policies, Procedures and Standards

The procedures for accreditation in Australia and New Zealand are described in the Policies Procedures and Standards publication. These place a great emphasis on the attributes of veterinary graduates and how veterinary schools are developing and delivering the veterinary curriculum to ensure that their graduates have developed these attributes.

AVBC is conscious of the fact that nothing stands still and committee members are keen to see the development of an active process whereby the profession debates the issue of accreditation. It is the desire of the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC) that the outcome of these discussions will drive future developments of veterinary accreditation in Australia and New Zealand.

AVBC Accredited Veterinary Schools and their status

Established Veterinary Schools

“Accredited” is a classification granted to a veterinary school that has no deficiencies in any of the Standards of Accreditation and is granted for a period of up to seven years. A veterinary school with one or more minor deficiencies that have minimal or no effect on student learning or safety, that can be reasonably be addressed in one year, are Accredited with Minor Deficiencies. Veterinary schools with a status of “Accredited” submit annual interim reports to monitor continued compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. Veterinary schools with a status of “Accredited with minor deficiencies” submit reports twice per year.

The University of Queensland
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2010
Next Full Site Visit: 2018

James Cook University
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2016

The University of Sydney
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2012
Next Full Site Visit: 2019

Charles Sturt University
Status: Accredited with Minor Deficiencies
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2017

The University of Melbourne
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2013

Murdoch University
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2016

Massey University
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2014

The University of Adelaide
Status: Accredited
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2016

New Veterinary Schools

 Upon request, AVBC conducts “Reasonable Assurance” evaluations and site visits for new veterinary schools using the methodology followed for established accredited veterinary schools. AVBC may grant “Reasonable Assurance” to a University indicating that there is a reasonable assurance of future accreditation of a developing veterinary school.  If a veterinary school granted “Reasonable Assurance” is making adequate progress in complying with the Standards of Accreditation, “Provisional Accreditation” may be granted to that veterinary school on the date that letters of acceptance (admission) are mailed to members of the initial class. When “Provisional Accreditation” is granted, interim reports are required at six-month intervals to monitor the program’s progress in complying with the Standards. In particular, changes in business or educational plans must be addressed in detail. “Provisional Accreditation” status may remain in effect no more than five years if the program complies with the necessary requirements. A full site visit must be conducted during the final year of the initial intake. If the AVBC determines that the School is in compliance with each standard, an accreditation status will be granted.

City University of Hong Kong
Status: Provisional Accreditation
Last Full Site Visit Evaluation: 2016
Next Full Site Visit: 2019

 

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