The AAVMC is responsible for appointing eight of the 20 members of the Council on Education (COE), and provides the funding to support these eight members. The AVMA appoints and funds eight members as well. The remaining four members are the three public members and the Canadian representative, who are selected by the COE and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, respectively.
The COE has complete responsibility for the administration of the accreditation process. In addition to evaluating whether applicant institutions meet accreditation standards, council members also periodically review, suggest changes to, and evaluate feedback on the standards before revising them.
The AAVMC appoints members representing preventive medicine and basic science, large animal clinical science, small animal clinical science, postgraduate education, veterinary medical research, another in basic science, and a representative from the AAVMC membership. Terms last six years and are filled as terms expire.
Nominees and applicants must be full-time, permanent faculty members at the rank of associate professor or professor (tenure-track or non-tenure track), or equivalent at an AAVMC-member college of veterinary medicine, or at an institution that is an AAVMC affiliate member. Veterinarians who are engaged in relevant fields outside of academia are also eligible for the position representing preventive medicine.
Council members are expected to travel to American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois twice a year for meetings (typically in March and September) and to participate in conference calls as necessary. Council members will be asked to accompany site visit teams as an observer at least once per year.
New Council members are also expected to participate in new site visitor training, which will occur in conjunction with the first scheduled Council meeting in the fall after the member’s appointment. As members become experienced, they may be asked to participate in training programs for new Council members and site visitors.