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 summary of the performance of UW-Madison SVM Class of 2020 graduates, as compared with all veterinarians taking the examinations in Nov/Dec 2019 and in April 2020* is as follows:

Summary for all candidates, Ultimate Performance


# Taking Exam

# Passing

% Passing

Mean score

All candidates 4350 4128 95 503
UW SVM 84 84 100 519