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College of Veterinary Medicine receives 7-year accreditation

After
a year-long process that included an extensive self-study report and three-day
site visit, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has again
been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) for the next seven years. This
recognition represents the Council’s highest level of achievement for
evaluating colleges.

“Accreditation
from the AMVA is an important standard in academic veterinary medicine,” said
Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine. “The
accreditation recognizes our excellent programs, facilities, staff and faculty
in preparing students to be competent and successful veterinarians. The entire
college is involved in preparing for the arrival of the accreditation committee,
and the work occurs throughout the seven years in between visits.”

Since
the last accreditation, the college has added an Office of Career Management
for students and alumni, and enhanced the curriculum with several new programs.
Professional development courses – including a new emphasis on communications
-- are now a critical part of the first three years of studies. Students are
able to choose a Career Area of Emphasis to specialize a portion of their
clinical rotations during their senior year. During the summers after their
first and second years, students can apply to participate in the Summer
Research Program or choose a new Graduate Minor in Business.

“We
are proud of our outstanding College of Veterinary Medicine and this important
accreditation,” said Joseph Steinmetz, executive vice president and provost of
The Ohio State University. “Veterinary Medicine is one of the highest ranked
colleges at the university and a vital component of our outstanding health
sciences colleges. They are leading the way in interdisciplinary collaborations
that will drive improved health care for animals and people in the future.”

The
final report of the accreditation team recognized numerous strengths of the
college, including the number and quality of faculty, as well as excellence in didactic
and clinical education, and research. In addition, the committee recognized
outstanding clinical resources and a curriculum and student experience that
ensure competencies for new veterinary graduates.

The
AVMA report also strongly encouraged the college to move forward with the plan
to improve the Veterinary Medical Center through renovations to the existing
structure and the planned addition to the Hospital for Companion Animals. The
college is in the middle of a $30 million fund drive to complete the “Enhancement
and Expansion” project.

The
AVMA COE assures that standards in veterinary medical education are met by all
AVMA-accredited colleges of veterinary medicine. Graduation from an accredited
institution is a prerequisite for licensure or certification for professional
practice throughout the majority of state licensing boards. The accreditation
process can be found at http://avma.org.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

Founded
in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked
fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in
the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and
Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the
largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 33,000 farm,
equine, and companion animal patient visits each year. A nationally-recognized
ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal
experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research
Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of
disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical
center offering seven health sciences colleges, the college e offers a
comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well
as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with
the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.   

 

Posted March 18, 2014

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