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Veterinarian Licensure Examination Process

Candidates for licensure should follow the instructions given under Veterinarian Licensure Application Process.

The examination is divided into two parts:

  • A paper examination covering North Dakota laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine. This is an open book examination. A copy of the North Dakota Board Rules and Practice Act should be downloaded and brought with you as a reference during the exam.
  • An oral interview with the Board. The Board members will interview each candidate in the order in which they complete their written examination.

After each candidate meets with the board, they will then meet with USDA officials at the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office in Bismarck for a review of federal accreditation policies and procedures. A map to their offices can be downloaded here.

The board usually meets two times per year at the State Capitol in Bismarck. At each meeting, the board examines candidates for licensure to practice veterinary medicine, reviews complaints against licensees, and conducts the general business of the board.  The board meeting starts at 9:00 am and this portion of the day is used to examine veterinary candidates for state licensure.  This portion of the day is closed to the public.  The public portion of the meeting starts at 1:00pm to discuss general business of the Board and review current complaints. 

Scheduled Board Meetings

Please contact the Board office if you have any questions.


Veterinary Technician Licensure Process

Candidates for licensure should follow the instructions given under Veterinary Technician Licensure Application Process.

There is no state veterinary technician examination. Licensure as a veterinary technician in North Dakota requires a recommendation from a licensed veterinarian, graduation from an accredited program in veterinary technology, and a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

Please contact the Board office if you have any questions.


National Examinations

North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)

Visit the NAVLE section on this website for information pertaining to the North Dakota NAVLE application process. More information regarding the NAVLE is available on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) website at www.nbvme.org.

Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

All information regarding the VTNE is available on the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) website at www.aavsb.org. The examination is given at Prometric Testing Centers in the US and Canada. To locate a center go to www.prometric.com.

The VTNE is offered during three testing windows annually.

Exam Window                                       Deadline

March 15 - April 15                                  February 15

July 15 - August 15                                  June 15

November 15 - December 15                    October 15

Download the VTNE Candidate Handbook.

Contact the AAVSB or the North Dakota Board with any questions.


Updated 10/27/2014