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Frequently Asked Questions


General Applicant Information - Sequencing, fees, and application requirements

Is there a waiting list for the PAVE Program or the Qualifying Science Examination?

There are no waiting lists for the PAVE Program or the Qualifying Science Examination.

Can I pay the application fee and the Qualifying Science Examination fee separately?

No. All fees must be paid up-front, and submitted with the application. All fees are non-refundable.

How can I apply for PAVE online?

The PAVE application is online. Please note the additional documents that must be sent by mail, which are listed on the How to Apply page. All PAVE candidates must use our online form to apply.

Where can I take the QSE?

When you complete the online application, you will be asked to indicate a location preference. Based on the information you provide, the AAVSB and exam vendor will arrange a regional test center within a reasonable distance of your preference. (Additional information coming soon.)

If I drop out of the PAVE Program, will I get my money back?


If I fail the Qualifying Science Examination and want to retake it, do I have to pay again?

You must pay the $1,500 exam fee if you choose to retake the Qualifying Science Examination. You do not have to pay the $375 application fee.

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Veterinary Credentials Information and Requirements

Do I need to have all of my documents, i.e. English scores, transcripts, and identity documents ready to send in with my application?

The application itself, accompanied by payment, must be received by the deadline. All other documents must also be RECEIVED by the application deadline.

Can I find my own translator for my foreign documents?

Yes. Documents in a foreign language may be translated by the veterinary school or another official translation service. AAVSB may ask for additional translations if deemed necessary.

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PAVE Single Sign-On Feature

I see there is a a new Login area on the AAVSB website. How do I do that?

At the end of your PAVE application, you will be prompted to set up an optional MyAAVSB account.

What does the Single Sign-On feature offer to me?

The feature allows you to view your program status and update much of your personal information in your PAVE record.

 I'm logged in. Now what?

At the top of the page, you should now see a link called "VIVA Portal." Click this link to view your account information and PAVE status.

I've lost my password - how do I get it back?

Click the "Forgot Password?" link on the AAVSB website and enter your email address. A link to reset your password will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

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English Proficiency Information and Requirements

If my English scores are over 2 years old by the time I complete the PAVE Program, will I have to retake them?

No. Scores must be valid at the time you are applying for the PAVE Program.

Can I send you copies of my English score reports if I didn’t request an original to be sent to AAVSB?

In order for you to be considered eligible for the Qualifying Science Exam, we must have original, authentic score reports mailed directly from TOEFL or IELTS. For detailed information on the English requirements for the PAVE Program, click here.

Can I use more than one score report to meet the PAVE requirements?

No. We will not accept section scores from multiple score reports. Candidates must achieve all section requirements on the same score report.

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Qualifying Science Examination Information and Eligibility Requirements

I've applied to PAVE. How do I find out where to take the QSE?

An Authorization-to-Test (ATT) email will be sent by by PSI.

What should I bring to my QSE test center?

Print and save the ATT email as it provides exam date, time, and location in addition to contact information for the AAVSB and PSI. PAVE candidates should bring ATT email and unexpired, government-issued photo identification with your signature.

What if I lose my authorization letter?

If you lose your ATT email, contact PAVE immediately by email at or 1-877-698-8482, ext. 228 or 226.

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Evaluated Clinical Experience Information

How much is the evaluated clinical experience and where can I take it?

Eligible PAVE Candidates are responsible for setting up their evaluated clinical experience. Candidates apply directly to the college or university of their choice, and pay the enrollment fees directly to that institution. Enrollment fees are set by each institution, so they vary from school to school. Please refer to the Evaluated Clinical Experience page on the website for additional information.

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PAVE Recognition

Are more states working towards accepting the PAVE Certification for their educational requirement for foreign graduates?

There are states are working towards PAVE acceptance in the near future. It is our hope that the AAVSB Member Boards will embrace the PAVE Program fully because it was created at their request. AAVSB is accountable and responsive to the needs of the AAVSB Member Boards.

How do I get my state to recognize PAVE?

If you are pursuing licensure in a state that does not accept PAVE, we encourage you to be proactive in contacting your state veterinary board to inquire on the current PAVE status. On the PAVE homepage, there is a one page document which highlights the most important aspects of the PAVE Program. You may use this sheet to accompany a letter to the board members, or as talking points if you choose to attend a board meeting.

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PAVE Certification and Licensing Information

Can AAVSB send my certificate to the State Board from which I’m applying for licensure? Do I have to pay for it?

When you request it (by phone or email), AAVSB will send a copy of your PAVE Certificate to the state in which you are applying for licensure. There is no charge for this.

Is there another way to fulfill the clinical requirement for PAVE if I don’t want to take an evaluated clinical experience at an accredited university or if I have already started my clinics?

Currently there is no alternate pathway to fulfill the clinical requirement.

What is the Purpose and Mission of AAVSB?

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is a not-for-profit organization whose members consist of regulatory boards of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. AAVSB provides services for its Member Boards and is dedicated to promote public protection and excellence in professional regulation.

What is PAVE?

PAVE is a program to accurately and appropriately determine education equivalence of international veterinary graduates seeking licensure. In order to qualify for licensure, PAVE certificate holders must satisfy all additional statutory criteria required by a jurisdiction, including successful completion of the NAVLE. An “international veterinary graduate” is one whose veterinary degree is conferred by a recognized school of veterinary medicine outside the United States or Canada that is not accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Why did AAVSB undertake this project?

AAVSB developed PAVE in response to concerns raised by AAVSB Member Boards. In July 2000 at the Delegate Assembly in Salt Lake City, over 75% of Boards represented gave a clear directive to proceed with PAVE. The decision of the AAVSB Member Boards was based upon extensive discussions that started at the 1998 Delegate Assembly in Baltimore.

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Governance of the PAVE Program

Who are the members of the PAVE Committee?

Members of the 2016 PAVE Committee are as follows:

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Wallace Baze, member, Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Janie Carpenter, member, Texas Board of Veterinary Examiners

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Barbara Fischley, member, Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Mark McConnell, member, Oregon Veterinary Licensing and Disciplinary Board

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Jose Sosa, member, Puerto Rico Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Representing an AAVSB Member Board: Dr. Neil Wiseley, member, Wisconsin Veterinary Examining Board

Representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges: Dr. Maureen Wichtel, PhD, Dipl ACVIM (LA) Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC)

Representing the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians: Dr. Dale Paccamonti, Professor and Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana State University

Liasion from the AAVSB Board of Directors: Dr. Mark Olson, member, Kansas Board of Veterinary Veterinary Examiners

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