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The Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association is the accrediting body for colleges of veterinary medicine.

  • The COE of the AVMA defines eleven Standards of Accreditation that define the reaccreditation process that the NC State CVM completes every 7 years.
  • Current students have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to share any comments or ask questions about the performance of the college in meeting the Standards of Accreditation anonymously through this link.
  • North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine received full accreditation from the Council on Education for a period of seven years in 2021.
  • The next site visit of the College by the Council on Education of the AVMA is expected in 2028.
  • The 2023 pass rate for students of our College on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) was 95% (88/93) as compared to an 80% pass rate required by the AVMA Council on Education’s Outcomes Assessment standard. The five-year average pass rate is 96%.

North Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. North Carolina State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of North Carolina State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Contact the Commission only in relation to the University’s compliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the University.

Additional information about the College’s accreditation status can be obtained from the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Laura Nelson at

Accreditation Self Study 2020

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at North Carolina State University (NC State) graduated its first class of veterinary students in 1985. Throughout its history, the College’s success has depended on the strength and accomplishments of its faculty, students and staff. The College also enjoys unique advantages as a part of a leading land grant institution at NC State, and the close proximity of two world-class research universities – Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). View and download a PDF of the 2020 College Self Study for the AVMA.