Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Receives Accreditation Status
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 14,
2016) - The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on
Education (COE) at its fall meeting granted the Tuskegee University
College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) full accreditation. The Council
took this action during its September 25-27, 2016 meeting. A formal
statement has been placed on the AVMA’s website at
The AVMA COE is recognized by
the United States Department of Education (USDE) as the accrediting
agency for colleges and schools of veterinary medicine in the United
States. Accreditation is in keeping with the regulations of the USDE.
“The removal of probation status
to achieve Accreditation through the AVMA represents a cumulative
effort between administrators, faculty, staff and students. We are
grateful for the leadership of Dean Ruby Perry in guiding this effort.
We are also grateful for the AVMA in affirming Tuskegee’s storied
tradition but now also what promises to be its equally storied
trajectory,“ said Dr. Brian Johnson, president of Tuskegee University.
“I am proud of our faculty,
staff, and especially our students. The attainment of full accreditation
status for the College of Veterinary Medicine would not have been
possible without their dedication and commitment. This has truly been a
team effort from within our college to our administration within the
University and our dedicated friends and alumni as well,“ said Dr. Ruby
Perry, dean of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.
After the initial site visit,
the AVMA-COE placed the Tuskegee University veterinary medicine program
on probationary status and scheduled the next focused site visit for
January 2016. Under the leadership of Dean Perry, the college took
immediate steps to develop a plan to address the reported deficiencies
and to help move the veterinary program toward full accreditation. The
Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Program has a fresh outlook on
the future after removing all deficiencies.
The TUCVM’s Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital is also accredited by the American Animal Hospital
Association, and has been an accredited practice member of the
association since 1992.
TUCVM is the most racially,
ethnically, and culturally diverse school of veterinary medicine in
North America and the only veterinary medical school at a Historically
Black educational institution. It is alma mater to more than 72% of all
African American veterinarians and approximately 60% of African
Americans currently pursuing a veterinary medical education are enrolled