Boards and Accreditation
North American Veterinary Licensing Examination
The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is required for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in North America. Also known as the national boards, the NAVLE is developed and managed by the International Counsil for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA), formerly known as NBVME, National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Fourth-year veterinary students are privileged to sit for the national licensing exam during November/December and again in April. Please note, the deadline for applying to the NAVLE is 3-4 months in advance of the testing dates and often by August 1st.
The practice of veterinary medicine is controlled by a central agency in each state. In Florida, it is the Florida Board of Veterinary Medicine, which is under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Professional Regulation. The State of Florida does require candidates to have passed the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners prior to state licensure. The website above provides the most up to date information regarding application procedures, review materials, fees, testing center contacts and other details for the state of Florida. The State of Florida offers the candidate the opportunity to schedule the state licensure examination at various computer testing locations at the candidate’s convenience, once an application has been approved. For details on other state licensing boards please review details here: https://www.aavsb.org/OurServices/look-up-a-license.
Veterinary students may participate in a validation procedure that enables the practicing veterinarian to participate in state and federal disease control eradication programs and to issue health certificates. For our students’ convenience, we will schedule a day for USDA accreditation at the college the fall of senior year.
To ensure compliance with the Drug Enforcement Administration, licensed veterinarians should register with the DEA (details at the link above). The AVMA has resources available specifically concerning veterinarian compliance with the Controlled Substance Act and the DEA: https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/Pages/dea-registration.aspx.