American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA)

American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education is a association for promoting veterinary education all around, striving to give whole benefit to the animal welfare and well being of both animals and human beings.

Posted by Ankita Paul on 8th May 2018

American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA)

American Veterinary Medical Association Council is the leading association, a not-for-profit association which is recognized by CHEA and gives accreditation to schools and universities that offer the professional doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree.

American Veterinary Medical Association is also recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, authorized by the U.S. law.

Council of Education (COE) encourages the programs of veterinary medical education and strive to give the full benefit to society. The COE encourages colleges to promote this program through full accreditation. The COE even assists the developing colleges in acquiring full accreditation.

Animals are also a crucial part of our ecosystem, this association protects the welfare and health of animals through high-quality products and services and well-qualified professionals.

They provide accreditation and certification programs that provide high-quality services of veterinary care. They strive to improve the health of animals, humans and the environment we live in.

 Guiding Values and principles of AVMA

The mission of the American Veterinary Medical Association is to be a leading accreditation brand that advocates for its members and strives to improve the animal and human health through the advancement of science. The core values of the American Veterinary Medical Association include-

  • Ethical- They are honest, have integrity and respect for the community.

  • Inclusive- They support and connect deeply with a diverse community of veterinarians.

  • Science-based- they continuously work on science practices and try to improve the procedures to better the health of humans and animals.

  • Animal-focused- They support veterinarians to improve the health and well-being of humans.

  • Member-centric- They are always supportive of the needs of the members.

  • Supportive- They invest in the development of their staff and members.

  • Fiscally responsible- They remain accountable for their financial matters diligently.

  • Efficient- They continuously focus on improving their products and services.

  • Innovative- They bring out innovative varieties of medicines through creativity.

Eligibility requirements for colleges and universities for AVMA accreditation

The following are the accreditation standards for AVMA accreditation-

  • The school must be certified by any territorial or national authorizing office which is additionally perceived by the administration and ought to be a piece of an establishment of higher learning. The division ought to be the division of a noteworthy scholastic establishment which has its own name, status, acknowledgment and the division ought to likewise have a similar status and acknowledgment.

  • There is a condition that the CEO or the senior member ought to be a veterinarian. This individual should hold supervisory expert and have budgetary control which is important to be conformed to the benchmarks.

  • There ought to be adequate regulatory staff to deal with the undertakings of the school and the officers in charge of any expert, moral and scholarly issues of the school ought to likewise be veterinarians.

  • Finances ought to be sufficient to help the instructive projects of the school.

  • The physical offices and the gear ought to guarantee the wellbeing of the general population there and the creatures. The classrooms, research centers, and different rooms ought to be kept in a decent position and routinely repaired.

  • A licensed school ought to have an on-grounds veterinary healing facility for the understudies to hone. Regardless of whether it isn't there, there ought to be a tie-up or association with an off-grounds office for instructing and practice.

  • Facilities for the lodging of animals utilized for educating and research ought to be adequate in number, they ought to be legitimately administered to and nourished by the animal welfare principles.

  • Normal and unhealthy animals ought to be made accessible for instructional purposes either as clinical patients or given by the foundation.

  • There ought to be the convenient accessibility of data to understudies and center personnel preparing experts.

  • The number of DVM, proficient degree understudies ought to be comparable to the mission and assets of the school. The program ought to have entry-level positions, residencies or propelled degrees for the understudies to fortify the expert program.

  • The school must give the office of guiding with respect to budgetary guide, obligation administration, and profession exhorting.

  • The resources ought to be all around qualified and adequate in numbers to help the instructive program and satisfy the mission of the school. Support in insightful exercises is a vital basis in the assessment of the school and the personnel.

  • The school must keep up significant research exercises of high caliber that incorporate with and reinforce the expert program. The school must enjoy ceaseless insightful exercises and bolster the understudies who need to take an interest and uncover themselves in an on-going exploration.

 The decision making bodies of AVMA Council of Education

The AVMA top-notch officers consist of President, President-Elect, Vice President, Treasurer, Board of Directors Chair, Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Executive Vice President, and Assistant Executive Vice President.

 The AVMA Board of Directors is the administrative body of the association. The board is an 18-member association which includes The President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Treasurer (non-voting), 1 representative from every 11 geographic districts, the House Advisory Committee Chair (non-voting), and the student AVMA President.

The House of Delegates is composed of AVMA members from 70 state and territorial veterinary medical groups. Association policies are set by the House of Delegates which is made up of one delegate and one alternate delegate.

The House Advisory Committee consists of seven members elected by the House of Delegates to advise and make recommendations to the House of Delegates and Board of Directors. They also help in reviewing the qualifications of the candidates for the position of President, Vice-president, President-Elect, Councils and the House Advisory Committee. 

AVMA’s strategic directions for student success

There are opportunities offered by AVMA for veterinarians and veterinary students who want to travel abroad for veterinary research, education or to donate supplies, equipment, and textbooks to other unresourceful students or doctors.

There is a student externship locator facility on the AVMA website for the students can look for projects or internships to work on by other institutions. There are options of State, Special interest or schools and organizations link to click on and choose according to your needs.

 Colleges and Universities that come under AVMA accreditation


American Veterinary Medical Association offers accreditation to colleges and universities offering the doctor of veterinary medical educations or professional degrees. They are passionate to work for the society and promote the veterinary education to better the well-being of animals and humans.