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Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine Receives Accreditation Status

November 14, 2016

Vet students in front of School of Veterinary Medicine

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (December 14, 2016) – The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education 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 at Tuskegee.