Licensure Assistance | AAVSB

Take the NAVLE® and

Obtain Your Licensure

1 Task: Understand final steps for licensure

  • 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 ICVA website.

2 Task: Review eligibility requirements for PAVE candidates

  • To meet the eligibility requirement for the NAVLE, the ICVA requires that PAVE candidates have passed Step 3: The Qualifying Science Examination (QSE).
  • 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 pave@aavsb.org. 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 information.
  • 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.

For further information on applying for the NAVLE through California, visit the VEER section of the AAVSB website.

  • PAVE certificates do not expire. Certification remains valid indefinitely.
  • A PAVE certificate is not a license to practice veterinary medicine in the United States.
  • 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 ICVA website.