Accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association

International Recognition for the Faculty of Veterinary Science

The Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney has received further international recognition with accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Sydney now joins an elite group of vet schools outside North America which have already achieved this status. It is only the third veterinary school in Australasia to reach this standard. The accreditation comes from the AVMA's Council on Education, which is recognised by the US Department of Education and acts as the accrediting agency for some 30 faculties of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada.

“This is a tremendous milestone for the Faculty,” said Professor Leo Jeffcott, Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. “The process of AVMA accreditation is both rigorous and demanding, and took over four years to complete with two detailed visits to the University of Sydney by the accreditation team. The final visit this year involved a 7 person team, including representatives from the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia”, he said.

The purpose of the evaluation is to ensure that the highest quality of veterinary education exists in the Faculty. The site team measures this by the critical evaluation of 11 specific standards covering everything from the organisational structure to outcomes assessment of the course. Professor Jeffcott said the evaluation team were highly complimentary of students and the dedication of the staff, and were particularly impressed with the content and assessment of the new curriculum, especially the final year program and the importance placed on helping undergraduates make the transition to professional life in practice.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Professor Gavin Brown said “At a time when there is a national demand for professionally trained veterinary practitioners, the Faculty is to be congratulated for this significant recognition of the effectiveness of its training.”

There are currently only six other Veterinary Schools outside the USA and Canada that are accredited, including three in the UK (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow). The others are in Utrecht, in The Netherlands, Massey in New Zealand and Murdoch in WA.

If you are a prospective student and would like more information on what this would mean for you please contact our Faculty Office on Ph:+61 2 93512441 or via email