AAVSB Announces New Content Outline for PAVE Qualifying Science Exam (QSE)

AAVSB® Announces New Content Outline for PAVE® Qualifying Science Exam (QSE)


The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the recently approved new content outline for the Qualifying Science Examination (QSE). Administered by the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE), it is based on a comprehensive Content Analysis project.

The first exam with the new content outline will be administered September 2020.

The PAVE Committee reviewed the validation survey results and recommended a new QSE content outline, which is closely aligned with the survey data in keeping with credentialing best practices. The results from the Content Analysis verified the final domain weighting distribution is aligned with the actual veterinary basic sciences teaching.

The QSE Analysis Executive Summary Report (PDF) is attached.

Please note, the new exam content outline will be available on the AAVSB website for PAVE candidates to review after the May 20, 2020 exam administration.

PSI Services LLC conducted the Content Analysis Project on behalf of the AAVSB and relied heavily on an outside task force of content experts as well as the AAVSB PAVE Committee throughout the process. The AAVSB re-evaluates the exam approximately every five years to ensure that the questions are current and accurately reflect the knowledge of basic veterinary sciences taught in AVMA COE-accredited (American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education) veterinary medicine college programs.

About PAVE: The Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE®) is the pathway for veterinarians who are graduates of international, non-accredited veterinary programs, to practice in the United States and Canada. PAVE evaluates the education equivalence of these graduates on behalf of participating AAVSB Member Boards.

About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance the regulatory process for veterinary medicine. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.