University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's front entrance. Photo: Debra Marshall.

The College: Accreditation

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the following organizations:

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine holds the status of full accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Council on Education. After an accreditation team site visit in October 2010, the AVMA Council on Education granted full accreditation to the WCVM in March 2011 for the maximum term of seven years. The next accreditation site visit will take place in 2017. 

Why is AVMA accreditation important?
Source: American Veterinary Medical Association (
www.avma.org)

Accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Council on Education (COE) represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States and Canada. AVMA-accredited veterinary institutions have completed a stringent, comprehensive peer review to ensure their commitment to quality and continuous improvement.

During accreditation, an educational institution or program undergoes a voluntary, non-governmental review to determine whether it meets accepted standards of quality. Within veterinary medicine, the AVMA COE develops standards and conducts reviews of DVM or equivalent educational programs. An institution or program is considered fully accredited when it is found to meet these standards (see the COE accreditation process for more information).

Veterinary graduates of an AVMA COE-accredited institution are eligible for licensing or certification for professional practice.

AVMA accreditation of veterinary medical programs and institutions assures:

Accreditation Policies and Procedures of the AVMA Council on Education (COE)

The Accreditation Process

The 11 Accreditation Standards

American Animal Hospitals Association (AAHA)

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Centre is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospitals Association (AAHA).

Why is AAHA accreditation important?
Source: American Animal Hospitals Association (www.aahanet.org)

The AAHA worked with a group of veterinary experts to develop the AAHA Standards of Accreditation as benchmarks of excellence. Hospitals and animal health care centres must undergo an extensive evaluation process before accreditation is given, and re-evaluations are conducted every three years.

Voluntary AAHA accreditation ensures that the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre is up to date on changes in veterinary medicine and is offering the highest quality of care and service to its patients and clients.