ISU Veterinary College Receives Full Accreditation

Dr. Lisa K. Nolan, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-9860
Ms. Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602

March 13, 2011

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine was once again awarded full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association, the national accrediting body for veterinary colleges.

“We are very proud that the college received full accreditation status,” said Dr. Lisa K. Nolan, Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. “As the country’s oldest public veterinary college and Iowa’s only veterinary college, we believe that training future veterinarians is an important mission and a great responsibility. I’m pleased with the efforts and accomplishments of our faculty, clinicians and staff in providing the best education and training for our students. Full accreditation confirms that we have been successful in our efforts.”

Every seven years the AVMA does a through review of the college based on 11 standards. The accreditation process takes approximately nine months. It begins with the preparation of a self-study report that is reviewed by a team from the AVMA’s Council on Education prior to its five-day visit to the college to assess the college’s educational program. The team’s report is submitted to the council, which decides whether to grant full accreditation. Full accreditation means the college is meeting all the requirements and standards for educating and training future veterinarians. The status is granted for a period of no more than seven years, contingent on satisfactory review by the AVMA of annual reports from the college.

“This is an important milestone for the college, and we are committed to continual improvement and enhancement of our veterinary education program,” Dean Nolan said.