Accreditation renewed for Fort Valley State University’s veterinary science programs



Dec. 10, 2013 – Students looking to pursue careers in a growing profession can look to Fort Valley State University for a hands-on, fully-accredited program.

On Nov. 18, FVSU received notification of full, continued accreditation renewal from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The renewal accredits the Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary technology and the Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary sciences. Both programs are housed in FVSU’s Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health.

“There are a lot of veterinary programs around the country, but many are not accredited.We’re the only four-year Bachelor of Science veterinary science program within the University System of Georgia, and the only four- year veterinary technology program in the state of Georgia,” said Dr. George McCommon, interim head of FVSU’sDepartment of Veterinary Science and Public Health.

McCommon said accreditation shows that a program is producing results and that graduates of that program are able to grow in the marketplace. “Employers look for students that have graduated from an accredited school and passed the national boards. Also, if students want to go to veterinary school, it looks better if they graduated from an accredited program opposed to an unaccredited program,”McCommon said.

“Right now, we are having a really good success rate for getting students placed in veterinary schools,” said McCommon, who is also director of the State Animal Facilities for Emergencies (SAFE) Center housed on FVSU’s campus.

In addition, McCommon mentioned how the veterinary profession is growing and will need qualified employees from strong programs like FVSU. “This is a growing field. Veterinarians and veterinary technicians are in demand,” McCommon said.

Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, said he is appreciative of the faculty’s continued dedication in maintaining the quality of the program. “We are proud of our veterinary technology program as it satisfies all established criteria for a successful academic program in terms of enrollment, retention and graduation rates,” Kannan said.

Accreditation for FVSU’s program will last a year, and must undergo a renewal process annually to maintain AVMA accreditation status.

For more information about FVSU’s veterinary programs, call (478) 825-6424 or visithttp://ag.fvsu.edu.

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FVSU Agricultural Communications Department

(478) 825-6345

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