The Faculty is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). Accreditation is also obtained via the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). This section provides information for staff on the accreditation process.
Accreditation Status: Full accreditation first achieved in 2006 - renewed in 2013.
Last Site Visit: 2013
Next Site Visit: 2020
American Veterinary Medical Association
Accreditation from the AVMA means that the University of Melbourne veterinary science degree is recognised in the United States or Canada, making our graduates eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination – a prerequisite for all veterinarians who seek to practise in North America.
Australasian Veterinary Boards Council
The Melbourne School of Veterinary Science is recognised by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council through the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC), making veterinary science graduates eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia, and in New Zealand.
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK)
The University of Melbourne veterinary science program is recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) for the purposes of registration to practise veterinary medicine in the UK, and countries in Asia that accept degrees recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. The latter include Singapore and Hong Kong.
North American Veterinary Licensing Examination Results
Establishment of the Melbourne Veterinary School
In July 2014, the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Melbourne School of Land and Environment were merged to create the new Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Under the leadership of the new Dean, Professor John Fazakerley, the faculty was restructured to create two new schools, The Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of Agriculture and Food. This organisation will better support academic excellence in teaching, research and engagement.
The nationally and internationally accredited DVM degree program is now taught and managed within the Melbourne Veterinary School. As required under Standard 1 (Organisation) of AVMA accreditation, the Head of The Melbourne Veterinary School is a registered veterinarian, Professor Ted Whittem, who is responsible for teaching, research, the budget, the hospital, staff appointments and development.
While the new Melbourne Veterinary School is being officially established within the Council Regulations of the University of Melbourne, the School has been assigned the status of ‘Probationary Accreditation’ by the Council on Education of the AVMA. Once evidence confirms the official status of the new Melbourne Veterinary School, we anticipate that full accreditation status is likely to be rapidly restored.
The classification of “Probationary Accreditation” does not constitute an ‘adverse decision’ by the AVMA, and does not have any adverse impact on University of Melbourne DVM students in terms of their ability to graduate from an AVMA accredited school.