UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News Special Edition, Fall 1998
The AVMA Council on Education periodically conducts accreditation site visits to veterinary institutions to assure that accredited schools meet established standards for a quality veterinary education.
After reviewing UC Davis in February 1998, the council found that the School of Veterinary Medicine meets or exceeds nine of eleven essential requirements for accreditationfaculty, research, curriculum, clinical resources, library resources, students, admissions, continuing education, and organizationand shows outstanding performance in curriculum, research, and continuing education. The school was judged deficient in two areasfinances and physical facilities. The council recommended that, while concerns are addressed, UC Davis be given limited accreditation with a review in two years.
Despite financial cutbacks and aging facilities, UC Davis is still a nationally accredited veterinary schoolall programs remain fully functional.
Finances for instruction were severely compromised during the state budget crisis. In the early 1990s, the school lost 2025 percent of its publicly funded budget. The council's financial concerns relate to 15 faculty positions that were lost and remain unfilled due to continued budgetary constraints.
Facilities concerns largely relate to the aging and inadequate space of 50-year-old Haring Hall and the scattering of veterinary programs to more than 40 locations across the UC Davis campus.
Proposed remedies for these problems have been under discussion for more than two decades, but providing bricks and mortar for veterinary medicine receded into the background during the past several years while the university focused on other needs.
An appeal to the threat of limited accreditation has been filed on the grounds that despite deficiencies, the school successfully meets program objectives, educational quality is not compromised and research continues to advance. The final outcome of the appeal process will be decided at the council's November meeting.