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/December, and 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 examination.
  • An oral interview with the Board. The Board members will interview each candidate in the order in which they complete their written examination.

After the state board examination, all candidates meet with USDA officials at 1:00 pm at the USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services office in Bismarck (3509 Miriam Ave., 701-250-4210) for a review of federal accreditation policies and procedures.

*** The November 9, 2021 state board examination will be offered through an online jurisprudence exam and oral interview via Zoom.  ND Board of Animal Health and USDA accreditation information will be provided via email.

Scheduled Board Meetings

Please contact the Board office if you have any questions.


Veterinary Technician examination

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 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 08/02/2021