After Graduation Licensure Requirements

Licensure Requirements

National licensure

In addition to obtaining a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, veterinarians must successfully complete the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) in order to enter private clinical practice.

Students have two opportunities to take the NAVLE exam in the fourth year of their training program, first in December and then again in April, as well as three other chances after they graduate in May.   

Learn more about the college's AVMA Council on Education (COE) status and NAVLE pass rates.

State licensure

DVM graduates who wish to obtain a license for private clinical practice must also write and pass the state board examination for the state(s) in which they are seeking to practice.

Learn more about State Veterinary Regulatory Boards.

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