Report of the AVMA Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation
Published by the American Veterinary Medical Association
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History of the Formation of the AVMA Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation
In July 2011, the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) passed Resolution #5, Formation of Foreign Accreditation Task Force. This resolution recommended that the AVMA Executive Board form a task force to perform a peer review of the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools, addressing the impact of the AVMA Council on Education (COE) procedure and the consequences of this program on the veterinary profession in the United States and the quality of standards for the veterinary profession in the United States.
In August 2011, the AVMA Executive Board created the AVMA Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation, to consist of 11 forward-thinking individuals able to participate in critical thought and discussions, ask elucidating questions and challenge assumptions, and engage positively and proactively as team members to accomplish the charge of the Task Force. Collectively, Task Force members were to have an understanding of veterinary medical education, educational accreditation processes, educational equivalency certification, and public and private practice needs. Task Force members were to represent diverse experiences, disciplines, and employment both inside and outside the veterinary profession. The appointees were to include diversity among gender, generation, ethnicity, and geographic region. An appointing body composed of the Executive Board Chair, President, President-Elect, Executive Vice President, House Advisory Committee Chair, SAVMA President, and the Task Force on Foreign Veterinary School Accreditation Chair reviewed applicants and selected the members of the Task Force.
Members of the Task Force
Dr. James R. Coffman, Chair
Dr. Mimi Arighi
Dr. Philippe J. Baneux
Dr. Eric M. Bregman
Dr. Susan B. Chadima
Dr. Orlando Garza
Dr. Peter W. Hellyer