ND Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners: Examinations

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State Examinations

Veterinarian Licensure Examination

The state board examination is given twice per year, typically in June and November.  The state board examination consists of an online jurisprudence exam.  This is an open book examination.  Examination instructions will be sent to each candidate by email.  Upon successful completion of the examination, the board will review the application and examination and vote whether to approve the candidate for licensure.  The board may require an oral interview.


All candidates must contact the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office in Bismarck (701-250-4210) for a review of federal accreditation policies and procedures.



Veterinary Technician examination

There is no state veterinary technician examination. Licensure as a veterinary technician in North Dakota requires 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 International Council for Veterinary Assessments (ICVA; formerly the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners) website at www.icva.net.

The NAVLE is offered during a four week window in November-December and a two week window in April.


Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

Information regarding the VTNE is available on the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) website at www.aavsb.org.

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



Updated 04/09/2022