GENERAL INFORMATION FOR EXAMINATION
EXAM: North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)
DATE GIVEN: Test window of four weeks opens at end of November annually.
Test window of two weeks opens in early April annually.
TO APPLY: August 1st for Nov/Dec Examination;
January 3rd for April Examination
EXAM: Louisiana State Board Examination
DATE GIVEN: First Tuesday of each month
TO APPLY: Third Friday prior to the exam date
Fees for application and examination are found on the application form. Fees
payable to the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine may be paid by CHECK or
MONEY ORDER/CASHIER'S CHECK at the time of application. Insufficient checks must
be replaced with a money order/cashier's check or in cash (in person) prior to
admission to exam or issuance of licensure. NAVLE fees must be made payable to
NBVME and made by MONEY ORDER or CASHIER'S CHECK only.
II. TEST INFORMATION
Information regarding the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)
is provided by the NBVME via their website at www.NBVME.org
or see the NBVME application and information provided for the NAVLE through the
Information regarding the content of the state examination is
available below. Applicants for the state examination will be sent a copy of the
Veterinary Practice Act upon receipt of the application and payment of the SBE
III. CANDIDATES FOR EXAMINATION
Eligible candidate for the NAVLE must be: 1) a graduate of or enrolled in
the fourth year at an AVMA accredited school or college of veterinary medicine;
or 2) currently enrolled and completed Step 3 in
the ECFVG or PAVE program.
Eligible candidates for the State Board Examination must be:
1) a graduate of an AVMA accredited school or college of veterinary medicine; or
2) currently enrolled in or certified by the ECFVG or PAVE program; or 3) currently
enrolled in the fourth year of veterinary school.
IV. FOREIGN SCHOOL STUDENTS AND GRADUATES
Foreign veterinary school students must be enrolled in a Board accepted
foreign education certification program (AVMA-ECFVG or PAVE) to be eligible to take the
NAVLE examination as administered by the NBVME. Foreign veterinary school
graduates must have completed a Board accepted foreign education certification
program (AVMA-ECFVG or PAVE) PRIOR TO BEING ISSUED A LICENSE by the LBVM to practice
veterinary medicine in the state of Louisiana.
Information on the AVMA-ECFVG program may be obtained from
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 930 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg,
IL 60172, (800) 248-2862. Information on the AAVSB-PAVE program may be
obtained from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, 4106 Central,
Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 931-1504.
V. LOCATION OF EXAMINATION SITE
The computerized NAVLE will be administered by the NBVME at Sylvan Prometric
Centers nationwide. An applicant for the NAVLE must apply to a state licensing
board for exam applicant verification as well as to the NBVME to take the NAVLE.
If an applicant applies directly to the NBVME to take the NAVLE but is not on any
state licensing board's master list of eligible exam candidates, the applicant
will not be allowed to take the NAVLE.
State board exams will usually be administered at the BOARD
OFFICE in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. You may contact the Board office for
directions, maps, and information on overnight accommodations.
Scores for any and all examinations taken will be reported to candidates
within 30 days after each examination in accordance with La. R.S. 37:1521(c).
Passing scores on the NAVLE will be (and previous administration of the NBE
and CCT are) set for each examination date using a scale based upon the
criterion-referenced scoring method adopted by the examination providers.
Passing score on the State Board Exam is 70% and greater.
Passing candidates must pay the original license fee as found in Rule 501 of
the Practice Act before a license will be issued.
VII. ADMISSION TO THE EXAMINATIONS
For the NAVLE, please see the information provided by the NBVME in their
application packet or at their website at www.NBVME.org.
All applicants for the State Board Exam will receive an
admission ticket approximately two weeks prior to the examination. Presentation
of the admission ticket and a photo I.D. are required for admittance to the
VIII. STUDY MATERIAL GUIDELINE
The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine is aware that programs and
materials designed to enhance veterinary knowledge and prepare candidates for
examinations are available. The LBVM does not endorse these programs and
materials and has no opinion as to their quality or usefulness. Contacts for
further information are as follows:
A list of textbooks commonly used in American colleges of veterinary medicine is
available on request from the ECFVG. Most of these books may be found in
veterinary college libraries or purchased through college bookstores. For a copy
of the list contact:
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360 (708) 925-8070 ext. 254
Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Boards
This five-volume series, published in 1993, contains a total of over 9,400
sample study questions designed to help candidates prepare for licensing
examinations. Most of the questions are multiple choice format. The five volumes
are: Basic Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Small Animal Medicine, Large Animal
Medicine, and Ancillary Topics. For further details contact:
American Veterinary Publications, Inc.
5782 Thornwood Dr.
Goleta, CA 93117 (805) 967-5988
Veterinary Medicine Quick Review, Book I
Contains 40 chapters classified by subject matter from anatomy to zoonosis,
in addition to thousands of facts in a condensed numerical format for quick
Veterinary Medicine Board Review, Book II
Contains over 2,250 questions and answers supported from current references
and prior editions.
For further details regarding Veterinary Medicine Quick Review, Book I and/or
Veterinary Medicine Board Review, Book II write to:
P O Box 427
Burbank, CA 91503-0427 (800) 500-4838 or (818) 972-2048
Veterinary Correspondence Revision Course
The Veterinary Correspondence Revision Course, first published in 1984 and
updated twice yearly since then, is a home-study review of Veterinary Medicine.
The ten-week course consists of five volumes of condensed notes (over 1,000
pages) with over 8,000 questions/answers that are similar in format and content
to material on the National Board Examination and the Clinical Competency Test.
The six-week course consists of three volumes of condensed notes for the CCT and
guidance techniques on taking the test. In addition, both courses have the
British Veterinary Association "In Practice Quiz Book" and the
Professional Examination Service's sample CCT questions and answers. For further
Dr. Brian Blatcher, Veterinary Correspondence Revision
VCRC, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Animal Clinic
7000 W. 12th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014 (305) 362-0830