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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Date: October 21, 2015
  • Contact: Lainie Franklin, Member Services & Marketing Coordinator
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Ohio Becomes 43rd Jurisdiction to Accept PAVE

Kansas City, MO (October 21, 2015) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce that the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board is the 43rd jurisdiction to accept the PAVE Certificate as part of the licensure process for foreign veterinary graduates. PAVE is the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence and the program evaluates the education equivalence of foreign veterinary graduates (graduates of non-accredited veterinary programs outside the U.S. and Canada) on behalf of participating AAVSB Member Boards.

"A foreign veterinary graduate who has completed the PAVE Program through the AAVSB has proven English proficiency, passed the Qualifying Science Examination (QSE), and completed an Evaluated Clinical Experience at an American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) accredited institution," remarked Nancy Grittman, VTNE and PAVE Program Manager. "Ohio is the latest in a long list of veterinary licensing boards that accept the PAVE Certificate of Completion as part of the veterinary credential process."

AAVSB Executive Director James Penrod added, "Our association serves its membership, the regulatory boards in veterinary medicine, by providing relevant programs and services supporting the public protection mission and statutory responsibilities of the Member Boards. PAVE is one of the AAVSB's key programs, and we are excited that Ohio now accepts PAVE as part of their licensure process."

All prospective veterinarians that wish to practice in the United States must also pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) and fulfill any other requirements set forth by the jurisdiction where the individual wishes to practice.

About PAVE: PAVE was designed to evaluate the education equivalence of foreign veterinary graduates (graduates of non-accredited veterinary programs outside the US and Canada) on behalf of participating AAVSB Member Boards. The Qualifying Science Examination (QSE) is owned and administered by the AAVSB and successful completion of the exam is part of PAVE. PAVE is currently used as part of the licensure process in 43 states/territories and the countries of Australia and New Zealand.

About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 59 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.

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