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Information for Applicants

I graduated from an accredited veterinary school

This section provides information on the licensure process if you are a graduate of a school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA-COE). A complete list of accredited veterinary colleges can be found at the AVMA website.

Registration Steps for graduates of an accredited veterinary school

Step 1 – Successfully complete the National Board Examinations

The CVMA-National Examining Board administers the National Board Examinations in Canada. Applicants who graduated from an accredited veterinary school are required to pass the NAVLE within two attempts.

  • Apply to take the National Examinations (application fee is $565 for CVMA-NEB and $1,400 for AVMA-ECFVG)
  • Evaluation of documents to determine eligibility (1-3 weeks following submission of application)
  • Pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE)
    • NAVLE is offered twice per year and results are available within 6-8 weeks. (fee is $1130 for CVMA or $635 for ICVA)
    • If the NAVLE is not passed in two attempts, successful completion of the Clinical Proficiency Exam (CPE), a hands-on, practical exam, is required once the NAVLE has been passed.
    • After passing the NAVLE, applicants have the option of obtaining additional clinical experience to prepare for the CPE by applying for a Restricted Licence under supervision. For further information, please see the licensure policies.
  • Pass the CPE, if required (fee is $8475 for CVMA-NEB and $7200 for AVMA-ECFVG. The exam is offered several times at various sites per year and results are available within 2-4 weeks)

Step 2 – Submit Application for Licensure to the College

All practising veterinarians in Ontario must be licensed by the College. An application form and supporting documentation is valid for one year once submitted.

  • Meet registration requirements, including a degree in veterinary medicine and passing the NAVLE
  • Submit an application form and supporting documentation to the College (fee is $113)
  • If one or more of the requirements have not been met, apply to the Registration Committee to request an exemption and/or condition on licence (may take 4-6 weeks following submission of the application)
  • Pass the Clinical Proficiency Exam, if required

Step 3 – Fulfill the College’s registration requirements

The College provides detailed information to assist applicants with moving through the application form and the necessary support documentation.

Step 4 – Successfully complete the CVO Jurisprudence Examination

The CVO Jurisprudence Examination requires candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of the legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines that govern the veterinary profession..

  • Pass the CVO Jurisprudence Exam (fee is $197.75 and results are generally available on the same day the examination in completed)

Step 5 – Pay fee for licensure

  • Pay licence fee
  • Licence issued (licence provided 1-2 days following payment of fees)

Candidates are able to register and take the BCSE and NAVLE outside of Canada. The Clinical Proficiency Exam can only be completed in Canada or the United States. All other steps can be completed or started outside of Canada.   
CVMA fees are in Canadian dollars and ECFVG and ICVA fees are in United States dollars.
Additional fees are applicable if attempting the NAVLE outside of Canada or the United States. 

Licensure Policies

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