The NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine
in all licensing jurisdictions in North America.
The NAVLE is offered throughout North America and at certain overseas international sites
at computer testing centers operated by Prometric. The NAVLE is available during a four-week
testing window in November-December and a two-week window in April.
The NAVLE is owned and delivered by the International Council for Veterinary
Assessment (ICVA). For specific examination-related questions, i.e. scoring,
content, etc., please visit the
2 Task: Review eligibility requirements for PAVE candidates
All NAVLE applicants must be within 6 months of graduation at the time
of the testing window (unless different in the state through which you are registering).
The jurisdiction through which you are registering for the NAVLE will require
verification that you have passed the QSE.
To request a PAVE Letter of Eligibility (verification of passing QSE)
for the NAVLE, please email
Include "Letter of Eligibility Request" in the subject line.
Your request should include your name, the state through which you are applying,
your anticipated graduation date, and the state's deadline for receiving the
Please allow approximately 1-2 weeks for your request to be processed. You will receive
email confirmation once your request has been processed. You are encouraged to follow up
with the jurisdiction in which you are registering with to ensure they received your letter.
certificates do not expire. Certification remains valid indefinitely.
A PAVE certificate is not a license to practice veterinary medicine in the
All PAVE candidates must meet state licensing requirements and pass the North American
Veterinary Licensure Exam (NAVLE®).
3 Task: Apply for the NAVLE®
Detailed information about the NAVLE application process is available on the