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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.

2015-2016 testing windows for the NAVLE are:

  • November 16 - December 12, 2015 and April 11-23, 2016. The NAVLE application deadlines are August 1, 2015 for the November-December window, and February 1, 2016 for the April window.

If you are applying for the NAVLE:

  • North Dakota NAVLE candidates apply through and are approved by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, acting on behalf of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.  Contact the NBVME office at www.nbvme.org for more information.
  • 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.
  • The NAVLE application may be completed 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.
  •  The NBVME will send you, no later than September 25th 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 and Admissions Permit on-line.  The information on how to access Scheduling snd Admissions Permit 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 your NAVLE scores you. Scores for the fall examination will be reported to candidates by mid-January, 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 pass the NAVLE, and want to become licensed in North Dakota, contact the North Dakota of Veterinary Medical Examiners office. The Board normally holds its state licensure examinations in Bismarck, ND in June and December 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 application.  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 license renewal fee (currently $75, paid annually on June 30) for a total of $125.00, or $150.00 if you are applying for a tempory permit as well.
  • 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, followed by an oral interview with the Board. This is an open book examination. The North Dakota Board Rules and Practice Act are available through this website, and you should download a copy of each for use during the examination. After each candidate meets with the board, the candidates will meet at the USDA office in Bismarck for a review of federal accreditation policies and procedures.

Please contact the Board Office if you have any questions.

Updated 7/22/2015