Accreditor: AVMA Council On Education (COE)
Accreditation Status: Limited
Last Accreditation Site Visit: 2008
Next Accreditation Site Visit: 2012
Every seven years a site visit team from the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (COE) visits the College of Veterinary Medicine to conduct a thorough review of the College’s self study and to determine the College’s accreditation status. The College has always been fully accredited by the COE since it graduated its first class in 1979.
In April, 2008, the College of Veterinary Medicine participated in a COE accreditation site visit. The COE noted several College strengths including faculty and student support for College administration and the recently completed Small Animal Veterinary Hospital addition which enhances the College’s academic programs providing premier care in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy, radiation and medical oncology, and avian/zoological medicine.
However, the COE awarded the College limited accreditation status (rather than full accreditation) primarily as a result of facilities deficiencies in the Large Animal Veterinary Hospital. The Large Animal Veterinary Hospital has not received major renovation or building infrastructure repairs since the hospital opened its doors 30+ years ago. The COE requires that the College improve its large animal isolation facilities, the large animal surgery and surgical preparation areas which are no longer contemporary and worn flooring in the Large Animal Veterinary Hospital. These deficiencies have had a minor effect on enrolled students, primarily associated with not learning large animal surgery and bio containment/biosecurity measures in contemporary facilities. The College has developed a $20.9M new building construction/renovation plan, which began in April, 2011 that will resolve these facilities’ deficiencies. Phase I of this construction will provide new isolation facilities for horses and farm animals, dedicated surgical suites for horses and farm animals, and new floors in the teaching hospital.
Limited accreditation provides a two year window for the College to make acceptable progress towards fixing these weaknesses. While this is a large challenge that has to be dealt with quickly, the College is fortunate that we have complete University of Tennessee system support as well as strong stakeholder support for this critical need. Resolving this challenge is our number one goal.
North American Veterinary Licensing Exam Pass Rate
NAVLE Pass Rate required by COE standard for outcomes assessment: 80%
NAVLE Pass Rate for UTCVM:
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