Accreditation

Performance of SVM graduates on examinations for licensure

Following the award of the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or equivalent), the new veterinarian must receive a license in order to engage in the clinical practice of veterinary medicine.  An important step in that process is successful completion of an examination prepared and delivered by the International Council for Veterinary Assessment. That examination is the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, or NAVLE®.  The examination is administered twice annually in November/December and in April.  The success rate, or pass rate, of the graduates of a veterinary medical educational program on the NAVLE examination is one of the factors considered by the COE in its annual consideration of the accreditation status of a school or college.

The NAVLE pass rates of UW-Madison SVM graduates, as compared with all candidates taking the examination over the previous 5 years is as follows:

graph comparing NAVLE pass rates of UW students vs other veterinary students