Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (OUAVM) established the Office for International Accreditation of Veterinary Education in April 2013 with an eye toward developing veterinary education that meets international standards. The Office advises the University in achieving accreditation in Europe and the United States as indicators of advancement towards truly global veterinary education.
The office’s main activities include:
- Examination of various accrediting bodies for veterinary education along with accredited colleges and universities
- Improvement of educational facilities and curriculum
- Self-inspection and self-evaluation of quality assurance in education
- Development of educational resources for self-study
These activities led to OUAVM’s Cooperative Veterinary Education Program being accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) in 2019. However, this accreditation is simply a milestone. OUAVM remains resolved in sparing no effort in responding effectively to the ever-changing environment surrounding veterinary education.
Accreditation by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE)
The Cooperative Veterinary Education Program between Hokkaido University School of Veterinary Medicine and Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine underwent a Full Visitation by EAEVE in July 2019 and received full accreditation in December of the same year.
EAEVE is an accreditation body for veterinary education establishments headquartered in Vienna, Austria. It develops standards and guidelines for the quality assurance of veterinary education in Europe and evaluates compliance of member establishments to those standards and guidelines.
The accreditation by EAEVE is viewed as a third-party accreditation by an international authority. This means that accredited veterinary education programs are not only on par with European standards but also internationally recognized.
Through the Cooperative Veterinary Education Program, OUAVM intends to share its experience and knowledge gained through the accreditation process with other veterinary colleges to further improve veterinary education and contribute to ongoing veterinary education reforms in Japan.