Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Accreditation and Outcomes Assessment
In May 2013, The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE) granted Full Accreditation to the College of Veterinary Medicine for the maximum allowed term of seven years. The COE is the only recognized accrediting agency for colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S. and Canada. In March of 2014 the COE implemented a new classification system. Subsequently, the finding that the college needed to implement direct measures of clinical competencies in the fourth year (May, 2013) was determined to be a major deficiency – resulting in a change of accreditation classification to Probationary Accreditation. According to the COE this is considered a non-adverse decision. The College has until March, 2016 to address this deficiency. The College has completed implementation of the fourth-year direct measures of clinical competencies and reported its progress to the COE. The next scheduled AVMA COE site visit will occur in 2019.
The final pass rate for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) for Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) students from the Class of 2014 was 94%. The final pass rate required by the AVMA COE is currently 80%.