All veterinarians must be licensed before they can practice
veterinary medicine. Veterinary licensing requires successful
completion of both national and state applications and exams.
National Licensing Examination
Students in the Professional DVM Program at Texas A&M
University can take the North American Licensing Examination
(NAVLE) during their 4th year. The exam is currently offered in two
“exam windows” (four weeks in November/December and two weeks in
Visit the NAVLE
website for exam information.
Requirements to apply for the NAVLE under the Texas Board of
Veterinary Medical Examiners are:
- You are a graduate of an AVMA accredited
college of veterinary medicine. The college of veterinary medicine
MUST have held AVMA accreditation at time of your
- You are a fourth year student enrolled at an AVMA accredited
college of veterinary medicine and will be within 60 days of
graduation when you take the licensing exam;
- You have passed the National Board Examination (NBE) with a
locally derived scaled minimum score of 75% (425 minimum raw
score), AND the Clinical Competency Test (CCT)
with a locally derived scaled minimum score of 75% (425 minimum raw
- You have passed the North American Veterinary Licensing
Examination (NAVLE) with the same minimum score criteria.
Visit the Texas Board of
Medical Examiners website for complete information.
Exam information for states other than Texas, visit the American Association of Veterinary
State Boards website.