Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine


263 Third Street, Suite 104  Baton Rouge, LA 70801 

Ph (225) 342-2176  Fax (225) 342-2142  admin@lsbvm.org



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.
DEADLINE 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
DEADLINE 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.

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 board office.

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 fee.

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.

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 the:
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.

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.

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 examination.

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:

Reference Books
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 review.

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:

infoconnect, ltd.
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 detail:

Dr. Brian Blatcher, Veterinary Correspondence Revision Course
VCRC, Hialeah-Miami Lakes Animal Clinic
7000 W. 12th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014 (305) 362-0830


This website created by Onesimus Internet Solutions.
Copyright 2011 Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine