North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®)
The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is offered by the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) during two windows anually, and is a requirement for North Dakota state licensure. A a four week examination window is offered in November/December, and a two week examination window is offered in April.
- November 16-December 12, 2015. The November/December NAVLE application deadline is August 1.
- April 11-23, 2016. The April NAVLE application deadline is February 1.
The NAVLE Candidate Bulletin (pdf file) is available for download here.
If you want to be approved by North Dakota to take the NAVLE, you must submit two applications through the NBVME website at www.nbvme.org.
- Application 1 - NBVME NAVLE application
You must submit an application directly to the NBVME and pay the corresponding $590 fee. The deadline for receipt of your application in the NBVME office is August 1 for the November-December NAVLE, and February 1 for the April NAVLE. Late applications are not accepted. Please see the NAVLE section of the NBVME website for additional information.
- Application 2 - North Dakota NAVLE application
WHO IS ELEGIBLE?
Those eligible to apply for the NAVLE include:
- Graduates of schools accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
- Senior students at AVMA-accredited schools who have an expected graduation date no later than ten months from the last date of the applicable testing window.
- Graduates of schools not accredited by the AVMA who are enrolled in or hold certificates issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE). Candidates who are enrolled in ECFVG or PAVE must have completed the Step 3 examination requirement of the respective certification program before they may be approved by a licensing board to take the NAVLE.
- Senior students at schools not accredited by the AVMA who are enrolled in the ECFVG or PAVE, and have completed their program's Step 3 examination.
NAVLE SCHEDULING AND ADMISSION PERMITS
Candidates who meet the NAVLE application and eligibility requirements, and who are approved by the NBVME on behalf of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to take the examination for a specified NAVLE testing window, will be issued a NAVLE Scheduling and Admission Permit by the NBVME approximately 45 days prior to the opening of the testing window. The NBVME will send approved NAVLE candidates an e-mail message with instructions on how to access their individual permit online. Candidates must have the information on their permit in order to schedule their testing appointment through Prometric Testing Centers.
NAVLE SCORE REPORTS AND SCORE TRANSFERS
Your initial NAVLE score will be reported by the NBVME to the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, at no additional cost to you. Scores for the November-December testing window are reported in mid January, and scores for the April testing window are reported in mid-May.
If you need to transfer your NAVLE score to additional licensing boards, those requests are processed by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA). Score transfer requests can be processed online through the VIVA link on the AAVSB website. The VIVA office can also be contacted by telephone toll free at 877-698-VIVA; or by e-mail at email@example.com.