District of Columbia Now Accepts PAVE

Date: November 15, 2018
Contact: Chrissy Bagby, Director of Marketing & Technology

District of Columbia Becomes 45th Jurisdiction to Accept PAVE®

Kansas City, MO (November 15, 2018) – The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB®) is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia Board of Veterinary Medicine is the 45th jurisdiction to accept the PAVE Certificate as part of the licensure process for international veterinary graduates. PAVE is the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence which evaluates the education equivalence of graduates of non-accredited veterinary programs outside the U.S. and Canada on behalf of participating AAVSB Member Boards.

“An international veterinary graduate who has attained their PAVE Certificate 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 B. Grittman, AAVSB Director of Program Services.

AAVSB Executive Director James T. Penrod, CAE, FASLA, added, “The AAVSB is focused on Member Boards having the right information at the right time to be able to make a licensure decision. PAVE is instrumental in ensuring that licensing jurisdictions have the information they need to make a licensure decision for a graduate of a non-accredited veterinary program.” 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.

For more information about PAVE, please email pave@aavsb.org.

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 45 states/territories and the countries of Australia and New Zealand.