All veterinarians must successfully complete both national and state application requirements and exams in order to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine.
National Licensing Examination
All 4th year (senior) students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, can take the North American Licensing Examination (NAVLE). The exam is offered during a four-week testing window in November/December, and also two weeks in April. There is a fee associated with this exam.
Under National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) requirements, 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, except for candidates applying through the California, Texas and New York state boards, which have an eight month graduation requirement.
- 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.
Some state/territorial licensing board NAVLE eligibility requirements differ, and to be approved to take the NAVLE through those boards, you must meet their requirements.
For complete information regarding the NAVLE, including testing dates, please visit: https://www.nbvme.org/navle-general-information/navle/
Wisconsin State Licensing Requirements
4th year (senior) students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, interested in obtaining licensure in Wisconsin, must submit a completed application at least 140 days prior to the first date of the applicable NAVLE testing window.
Under Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) requirements, an application is not complete until all of the following have been received:
- Appropriate fees attached to the application (Form #655)
- Certificate of Professional Education Form #1420 (upon graduation, this is completed and turned in by the School on students’ behalf)
- Passing score on the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Examination (see information below)
- Letter of Good Standing from Dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine (stating that the applicant has an expected graduation date no later than ten months after the last date of the applicable testing period; sent by the School on students’ behalf)
- NAVLE scores (these are automatically sent directly to the Wisconsin licensing board if you applied through WI for NAVLE eligibility; otherwise scores can be requested via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)
For complete information on Wisconsin state licensing requirements for individuals seeking licensure to practice veterinary medicine by examination/endorsement, please visit: http://dsps.wi.gov/Documents/Credentialing%20Forms/Health%20Application%20Forms/fm655.pdf
Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Examination
As part of the application requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin, all candidates must take and pass the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Examination. This ‘open book’ exam can be taken at any time after the initial application and fee for licensure (Form #655) has been received by the licensing board.
The exam content is drawn from applicable state statutes and administrative code chapters specific to the profession of veterinary medicine and which regulate the practice of the profession. A passing score is 88%.
For more information on the state law examination, please visit: http://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=efb541f0-fe5f-4802-9d98-fc4ca2f10f0e