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Information for Applicants

National Board Exams

The National Board Exams consist of up to four examinations:

  • The Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE);
  • The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE);
  • The Preliminary Surgical Assessment for the CPE (PSA); and
  • The Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE)

American Veterinary Medical Association – Council on Education (AVMA-COE)

Applicants who received their veterinary degree from an AVMA acceptable, unaccredited school must successfully complete the BCSE and the NAVLE before applying to the College for a Restricted Licence. Applicants from acceptable unaccredited schools must also complete the CPE in order to obtain a General licence. The list of acceptable unaccredited schools can be found on the AVMA website.

Applicants who received their veterinary degree from an AVMA accredited school must successfully complete the NAVLE before applying to the College. If an applicant is not successful in completing the NAVLE after two attempts, they will also be required to complete the CPE after successfully completing the NAVLE. The list of AVMA accredited schools can be found on the AVMA website.

For more information about the National Board Exams, please review the following websites:

  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association - CVMA
  • AVMA - Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates - ECFVG
  • International Council for Veterinary Assessment - ICVA

Appealing a National Board Exam Decision

If you wish to appeal a National Board Exam decision, you will need to contact the appropriate examining body. Canadian Veterinary Medical Association – National Examining Board (CVMA-NEB) processes are outlined in the Candidates Enrollment Guide (Information for Applicants) on the CVMA website.

American Veterinary Medical Association - Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates processes are on the AVMA website.

International Council for Veterinary Assessment processes are outlined in the Candidate Bulletin on the ICVA website.