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Licensing Requirements

 

Licensing

All veterinarians must be licensed before they can practice veterinary medicine. Veterinary licensing requires successful completion of both national and state applications and exams.

National Licensing Examination

Students in the NC State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program can take the North American Licensing Examination (NAVLE) during their senior year. The exam is currently offered in two “exam windows” (four weeks in November/December and two weeks in April). 

Under NBVME requirements, those eligible to apply for the NAVLE include:

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.

Complete information is available here: https://www.nbvme.org/navle-general-information/navle/

North Carolina State Licensing Requirements

Students in the NC State University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program can take the North Carolina licensing examination after completing the NAVLE and graduation, but apply during their senior year.

Requirements for a license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of North Carolina are available here: http://www.ncvmb.org/exams_vet.html

NC Veterinary State Exam Eligibility / Requirements / Documents

New graduates or those practicing less than five (5) years must:

 1.) Have graduated before the date of North Carolina state exam being requested. This means that all course work has been completed and the veterinary degree awarded.

 2.) Achieve a score of 425 or higher on the NAVLE.

For exam dates, application, study materials and sample questions, please see website.