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Principles of Inclusion

The values imbedded in our Principles of Inclusion promote personal freedom, dignity, respect and justice, and reject prejudice and discrimination in every form.

Use of Animals in Education

The AAVMC recognizes the role of live animals in the instructional process, yet encourages minimal use and requires humane practices.

Protecting Student Privacy

The AAVMC recognizes the importance of protecting students’ rights to privacy and is guided by law and the journalistic principle of reporting the truth while minimizing harm.

Definition of Diversity

The concept of diversity encompasses respect, understanding and appreciation for differences in people and the value and strength of diversity in a team or group.

Third Party Ranking Systems

The AAVMC does not endorse third party ranking systems of colleges of veterinary medicine and believes all member institutions provide quality educational programs.

Accreditation of International Programs

The AAVMC supports the accreditation of international veterinary medical colleges by the Council on Education and the development of international accreditation systems.

Addressing Societal Needs

The AAVMC recognizes its obligation to prepare veterinarians for professional practice in the broad variety of ways in which veterinary medicine serves societal needs.