The American Veterinary Medical Association's House of Delegates met on July 14-15 to vote on AVMA resolutions. One of the issues at hand was deciding whether to form a task force to investigate foreign veterinary school accreditation. In the end, delegates did resolve to form the task force, which will address increasing concern about a potential surge of international veterinarians entering the United States.
The task force will study the stability of the U.S. veterinary industry, the time and expense spent on foreign school accreditation, and the impact on veterinary standards if the usual certification tests are waived for foreign graduates.
As of 2011 the AVMA Council on Education has accredited 16 foreign schools, though 11 of those have been accredited since 1998. In 2011, two schools (in Mexico and the West Indies) received accreditation.