Veterinarian Licensure Application Process
Applicants Not Currently Licensed (including senior students)
These instructions are for qualified individuals to apply for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and/or a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of North Dakota.
Testing windows for the NAVLE are:
- November 12 - December 8, 2012. The application deadline for applying for this testing window was August 1, 2012.
- April 8-20, 2013. The application deadlin for applying for this testing window wilkl be January 3, 2013
If you are applying for the NAVLE:
- You must complete the North Dakota state application as well as the NAVLE application.
- Be sure you have read the NAVLE Bulletin of Information for Candidates (available online at www.nbvme.org) and that you understand the procedures and deadlines for applying for and taking the NAVLE.
- If you are applying for North Dakota Board approval for the NAVLE, the application deadline is AUGUST 1 for the November-December testing window, and JANUARY 3 for the April testing window.
- If you have a documented disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act for which you need accommodations, please contact the Board Office 30 days prior to the application deadline.
- The NAVLE application may be completed either by mail or online. See the NAVLE Candidate Bulletin for instructions.
- If you apply for NAVLE approval through the North Dakota Board, you are indicating you wish to be licensed in North Dakota. Once you pass the NAVLE you may request score transfers (currently $80 per online transfer) to additional licensing boards. This service is offered by the AAVSB at www.aavsb.org.
- Beginning with the fall 2007 administration of the NAVLE, a candidate may not take the examiniation more than five (5) times, and may not take the examination at a date that is later than five years after a candidate’s initial attempt. Each of the final two attempts must be at least one year from the previous attempt.
All requested information must be provided and the state license application must be notarized. Your North Dakota application must be accompanied by:
Document(s) verifying your eligibility:
- A copy of your diploma conferring your veterinary degree or, an official copy of your transcripts.
- If you are a student, a letter from an AVMA accredited College of Veterinary Medicine verifying that you are a student in good standing expected to graduate within eight (8) months of the testing window, or,
- If you are a student or a graduate from a non-accredited College of Veterinary Medicine, a copy of your ECFVG or PAVE certificate, or proof of completion of either program's Step 3 examination.
- A recent photo of yourself.
- A check or money order for the application fee. The application fee is currently $50.00.
- Document(s) verifying your eligibility:
- After the Board has approved your application, we will notify the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME). The NBVME will send you, no later than September 25 for the November-December testing window and February 27 for the April testing window, an email message with instructions on how to access and download your Scheduling Permit on-line. The information on how to access Scheduling Permits will also be posted on NBVME's wesite as soon as it is available. See the NAVLE candidate bulletin for additional scheduling information.
- The NBVME will report NAVLE scores to the North Dakota Board and we will send your score report to you by first class mail. The NAVLE score report shows your score and a pass/fail designation. Scores for the fall examination will be reported to licensing boards by February 1 and scores for the spring examination will be reported by mid-May. Please do not call the Board Office to request a score to be given over the telephone. If you are going to be absent from your normal address during the score reporting period, you can provide the Board Office with a temporary address and we will mail your score report to you at that address.
- If you pass the NAVLE, information on the North Dakota examination will be sent to you with your score report. The Board normally holds its state licnesure examinations in Bismarck, ND in June and October of each year. You must be present. Once you graduate, you may apply for a temporary permit to practice in the state until the next examination is given.
If you have passed the NAVLE and are applying for a license to practice veterinary medicine in North Dakota:
- You must complete the North Dakota state application. (If you were approved to take the NAVLE through North Dakota, you have already filled out this application and will not be required to do so again.) The Board normally holds its state licensure examinations in Bismarck, ND two times per year. You must be present. Once you graduate, you may apply for a temporary permit to practice in the state until the next examination is given.
- All requested information must be provided and the state license application must be notarized.
- If you have a documented disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act for which you need accomodations, please contact the Board Office 30 days prior to the application deadline.
Your North Dakota application must be accompanied by:
Document(s) verifying your degree:
- A copy of your diploma conferring your veterinary degree or,
- If you are a graduate from a non-accredited College of Veterinary Medicine, a copy of your ECFVG or PAVE certificate.
- If you have previously passed the NAVLE with approval through another agency, your score must be transferred to the North Dakota Board by the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA) found on the AAVSB website at www.aavsb.org. Currently the online fee is $80.00.
- A recent photo of yourself.
- A check or money order for the application fee (currently $50.00) and the renewal fee (currently $60, paid annually on June 30) for a total of $110.00 or $135.00 if you are applying for a tempory permit as well.
- Document(s) verifying your degree:
- Once you graduate, you may also apply for a temporary permit (currently $25.00) to practice veterinary medicine until the next state board examination. Please refer to the Veterinary Temporary Permit Application Process.
- The North Dakota examination will consist of a written portion covering North Dakota laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine and an oral interview with the Board. This is an open book examination. A copy of the North Dakota Board Rules and Practice Act will be mailed to you when the Board receives your completed application. After each candidate meets with the board, the candidates will meet with USDA officials for a review of federal accreditation policies and procedures. You may also download the Practice Act and Board Rules. The links are provided on this website.
Please contact the Board Office if you have any questions.