The Veterinary Technician program of Iowa Lakes Community College has received a level of “Initial Accreditation” from the American Veterinary Medical Association – Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA).
At its May meeting, the CVTEA changed the nomenclature of “Provisional Accreditation” to “Initial Accreditation”. The definition and meaning of the accreditation status has not changed.
The Committee believes replacing “Provisional” with the term “Initial” accreditation will more accurately define and convey the accreditation standing and process to stakeholders and the general public. Initial Accreditation is a positive accreditation status and graduates of programs on Initial Accreditation are considered graduates of an AVMA-accredited program.
To reach the accreditation, the program went through a thorough self-evaluation and site visit by a team of experts.
“The visit in March 2013 not only included an inspection of program facilities to ensure compliance with regulations, but there was an evaluation/review of program curricula,” said Thomas Brotherton, Executive Dean of the Emmetsburg campus. The next site visit by the AVMA-CVTEA team will be in the spring of 2018.
The facilities had to meet specific climate and animal health regulations for AVMA-CVTEA approval.
“Maintaining the Program’s accreditation is important for both the college and the students. It means that the Program meets all the national standards and our graduates are prepared for and can take State and National Boards Exams,” said Dr. David Rentschler, DVM, one of the instructors and coordinators for the Program.
The Program has had two groups of students graduate.
“Student job placement has been good. Last year’s graduates had success passing state and national exams. This year’s graduates are now preparing for the State Exam in June and the National exam in July. We have also had positive response from veterinary clinics that have hired our graduates and from those that have taken our interns. We work hard to prepare our students for the work force” said Dr. Rentschler, DVM.