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

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.   


Posted March 18, 2014