Veterinarian Licensure Application Process
Temporary Permit - Pending Examination
An applicant who has graduated from a recognized College or School of Veterinary Medicine, and who has taken and passed the National Board Examination (NBE) and Clinical Competency Test (CCT) or the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and for some valid reason has not taken the North Dakota state examination, may obtain a temporary permit to practice veterinary medicine in North Dakota until the next examination.
To apply for this type of permit, you must:
- Complete and return the temporary permit application form below.
- Pay the appropriate fees for the license application and the permit application. The cost of the temporary permit (currently $25.00), the application fee (currently $50.00), and the annual renewal fee (currently $75.00, paid annually on June 30) totals $150.00. Checks should be made payable to the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and mailed to: NDBVME, PO Box 5001, Bismarck, ND 58502.
- Submit your NBE and CCT or NAVLE scores through the score transfer service, which is the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Their website is www.aavsb.org or you may call them at 877-698-8482.
- Provide a copy of your diploma or other official proof of graduation from the College or University attended.
The permit will be issued by the Executive Secretary of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. No permit will be granted to an applicant if they have previously failed the North Dakota Examination. Please note that this permit does not allow you to do the work of an accredited veterinarian. You need to complete the orientation program administered by the USDA before you can you can work as an accredited veterinarian in the state of North Dakota.