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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Date: August 1, 2014
  • Contact: Chrissy Bagby, AAVSB Member Services Coordinator
  • 1-877-698-8482

Indiana Becomes 40th State to Accept PAVE

Kansas City, MO (August 1, 2014) The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce that the Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is the 40th jurisdiction in the United States 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. PAVE evaluates 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.

"A foreign veterinary graduate that has completed the PAVE Program through AAVSB has proven English proficiency, passed the Qualifying Science Examination, and completed an Evaluated Clinical Experience," remarked Nancy Grittman, VTNE and PAVE Program Manager. "Indiana is the latest in a long list of veterinary licensing boards that accept the PAVE Certificate as proof that the candidate was properly educated at an institution not accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE)."

AAVSB Executive Director Robyn Kendrick 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 Indiana 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. PAVE is currently used as part of the licensure process in 40 states and the countries of Australia and New Zealand.

About 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, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia.

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