Licensing Requirements

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 April).

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 graduation; OR
  • 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 score); OR
  • 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.