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Licensure Requirements

College of Veterinary Medicine

Graduation from the College of Veterinary Medicine does not automatically entitle one to become licensed to practice veterinary medicine.  To become licensed to practice, graduates must meet requirements established by individual state boards.  Licensure requirements vary among states but all licensing jurisdictions in North America require a passing score on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE).  The NAVLE is offered throughout North America and at certain overseas sites at computer testing centers operated by Prometric. The NAVLE is available during a four week testing window in November/December, and a two week window in April.  Those eligible to apply for the NAVLE include:

  1. Graduates of schools accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
  2. Senior students at AVMA-accredited schools who have an expected graduation date no later than eight months from the last date of the applicable testing window.

Additional information regarding the NAVLE can be found at the website www.nbvme.org

Typically, applicants for state board licensure sit for boards specific to the state in which they wish to practice and transfer NAVLE scores to the state.

For further information concerning licensure, please contact the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, or the individual licensing board in the state in which you wish to practice.