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European accreditation of our Veterinary Medicine programme

Published: 25 March 2024
Teacher and students

Every seven years, our Veterinary Medicine programme undergoes evaluation to maintain our European accreditation, following the standards set by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). The standard is based on minimum requirements stipulated by the European Union.

The accreditation is a sign of our programme’s quality and enables our graduates to practise and continue their professional development in a competitive market anywhere in Europe.

The accreditation also provides us with the possibility of offering specialist European programmes approved by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS).

An evaluation team visited us, 18-22 March, to gain a thorough understanding of our operations and the conditions for education. At the end of the week they held an Exit Presentation, where they summarised their observations.

We received a lot of praise for large parts of the programme, including supportive environment, good interaction between teachers and students, and appropriate infrastructure. We received some minor deficiencies that can be addressed directly, such as signage to isolation boxes. They noted two major deficiencies concerning:

  1. staffing of the Small Animal Clinic (quantity and competence)
  2. teachers' involvement in developing clinical education and research (Small Animal Clinic)

We now expect to receive the status Pending Accreditation, which gives us 1 year to address the deficiencies and arrange a revisit. Our plan is to be able to do this during the autumn term. Meanwhile, our veterinary programme remains accredited. Thus, this does not affect our students' opportunities to practice in Europe or to be admitted to specialist training programs (Diplomates).

We will now take action to address the identified deficiencies and schedule a revisit.