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Vet School awarded prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation

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Press release issued: 22 October 2019

The University of Bristol Veterinary School has been awarded full accreditation of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Bristol's Veterinary School is now one of only seven veterinary schools with AVMA accreditation in Europe.

The AVMA accreditation is based on a rigorous evaluation of educational standards, research, teaching, student experience and clinical delivery and the Vet School’s newly accredited status reflects the high standards it upholds.

Alongside the Vet School's other accreditations, the AVMA accreditation means that BVSc Veterinary Science graduates can now practise anywhere in the world (July 2019 graduates onwards and subject to completion of the NAVLE exam for work in the USA and Canada). Future BVSc AGEP Veterinary Science graduates will be able to practice veterinary medicine in the USA and Canada (subject to completion of the NAVLE exam). 

The AVMA is also a mark of quality assurance to let the public, veterinary practices and students know that their education is compliant with agreed benchmarks and standards.

The AVMA certification adds to Bristol's impressive list of existing accreditations which comprise the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the South African Veterinary Council.

Professor Richard Hammond, Head of Bristol Veterinary School, said: "We are delighted to have received the AVMA accreditation. This recognition is testament to the world-leading teaching, research, state-of-the-art facilities and overall student experience offered at Bristol Veterinary School.

"It is also excellent news for our students who have the added opportunity to make vital contributions to veterinary medicine on a global scale."

Further information

Study at Bristol Veterinary School
The University of Bristol Veterinary School offers a range of undergraduate courses including:

In addition a number of postgraduate courses including:

Based at Bristol’s Langford Campus, Bristol Veterinary School boasts first-class clinical facilities and encompasses equine and small animal hospitals, a dairy farm, diagnostic laboratories, and farm animal, small animal and equine practices. 

The University of Bristol Vet School is ranked within the top 50 of the 2019 Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 for Veterinary Sciences.The rankings are determined by a range of criteria, such as academic reputation, research impact and number of citations, as well as employer reputation per subject. 

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