The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is up for reaccreditation in March by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education.
Vet School Dean Peter Haynes said he thinks the school will be fully reaccredited in March when the results are released.
Reaccreditation occurs every seven years. The school has been limited or fully accredited every seven years since its creation, Haynes said.
Representatives came to visit the school for four-and-a-half days a few weeks ago to scope out facilities and interview faculty based on the council’s 11 standards, which include finances, admission and clinical resources.
Haynes said between reaccreditation years, the school sends the AVMA reports, so the representatives come in with background information.
The only problem the AVMA has had with the school is the absence of a building to isolate large animals. The school is now building its Large Animal Disease Isolation Unit, and Haynes said he expects the construction to be done in a little more than a month.
“[Being reaccredited] signals that your program is credible and meets the standards of expectations for educating veterinary students,” Haynes said. “In other words, you have to graduate from an accredited school to get a license.”