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John R. Boyce, DVM, PhD
Executive Secretary



Dr. John R. Boyce is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a 1969 graduate of Detroit's Cass Technical High School. He received his D.V.M. degree from Michigan State University in 1974. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where he was stationed for two years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. After leaving the Army, he did graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology. Dr. Boyce served on the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from 1980-87. In 1987, he joined the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Schaumburg, Illinois, as Assistant Director of Scientific Activities. One of his responsibilities at the AVMA was serving as staff consultant to the National Board Examination Committee (NBEC). When the NBEC became an independent organization in 1995, Dr. Boyce left the AVMA to serve as Executive Director of the NBEC. Dr. Boyce and the NBEC office moved to Bismarck, North Dakota in 1997, and in 2001 the NBVME changed its name to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME).  Dr. Boyce retired as the NBVME Executive Director July 31, 2014.  Dr. Boyce has served as the Executive Secretary of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners since February 1998.

Dr. Boyce and his wife Susan have three adult children. 




Tonee Vander Vliet
Administrative Assistant


Tonee was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, but raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, where her 4-H activities earned her the honor of being named the Lairimer County Lamb Princess. A graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Equine Science, Tonee worked briefly for a Mandan, ND veterinary clinic prior to joining the NDBVME staff in 1998. Tonee is also employed part-time by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Tonee has an adorable daughter, an adoring husband, 2 devoted dogs, a rescued cat, 2 free goldfish, and 2 horses.  For fun, Tonee and her husband Joey enjoy cruising the countryside on their Harleys.


North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

PO Box 5001

Bismarck, ND 58501

Phone: 701-328-9540

Fax: 701-224-0435

website: www.ndbvme.org

email: ndbvme@nd.gov

Updated 9/11/2014