Veterinary Exams

Caution PLEASE NOTE:  The State Exam is required for 'ALL' veterinarians seeking licensure in NC.

NC Veterinary State Exam


  1. One must have graduated form an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited school/college of veterinary medicine and have a passing score on the NAVLE, NBE & CCT, or NBE to be eligible to sit for a Veterinary State Examination.
  2. A degree conferred transcript.
  3. National exam score(s) - available via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)
  4. License verification(s) from any state in which you held any professional license/registration. All verifications must be no older than six (6) months from exam date.
  5. If a graduate from a non-accredited foreign school/college, one must first complete the American Veterinary Medical Association's Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program of the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) to be eligible to sit for the NC State Exam.

For further details and exam dates, see the  'NC Veterinary State Exam Application'  below.  We DO NOT offer exams in November or December.

Arrow New graduates or those practicing less than five (5) years must:

  1. Have graduated before the date of the NC state exam being requested. This means that all course work has been completed and the veterinary degree awarded.
  2. Achieve a score of 425 or higher on the NAVLE.

Arrow Individuals practicing over five (5) years must:

  1. Hold an active license in another state whose requirements for licensure are substantially equivalent to those of NC. The licensure requirements in the other state are deemed substantially equivalent to those required by this state if the other state administered the same standardized licensing tests (excluding the North Carolina Practice Act test) as were administered in NC at the time of the applicant's original licensing in the other state and the tests were graded in accordance with North Carolina grading criteria.
  2. Original Date of Licensure Exam Required
    1969 - June 2, 1980 NBE
    June 3, 1980 - November 19, 2000 NBE & CCT
    November 20, 2000 - Ongoing NAVLE

  3. Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing the application OR either retake the national exam.
  4. Be in good standing: no disciplinary proceeding or unresolved complaint pending against you at the time a license is to be issued by this State.

NC State Exam

The NC state exam consists of 100 questions and is based on the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes and Administrative Rules) governing the practice of veterinary medicine in North Carolina. There are 70 true/false and 30 multiple choice questions; passing score is 70. Results for this examination are known in approximately one (1) week. The fee is $250 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.
NOTE: See application below for test dates and exam process.  We DO NOT offer exams in November or December.

Form 2017 Veterinary State Exam application with dates.
ExampleSample Exam Questions

NOTE re: Temporary Permits

A Temporary Permit can be issued to a qualified applicant who has applied to sit for the NC State Exam. This permit allows an individual to obtain a certificate to practice veterinary medicine under the supervision of a NC licensed veterinarian while awaiting their scheduled test date.

Form Temporary Permit Application

Temporary permits allow a qualified applicant to practice veterinary medicine in this state under the supervision of a NC licensed veterinarian for a specific period of time. G.S. 90-187.4  For those seeking a 60-Day Temporary Permit application, please contact

If ADA accommodations are needed to take the exam:

    Contact the Board office in writing by the application deadline. Please include in your correspondence:

  1. When the disability was professionally diagnosed
  2. How diagnosed
  3. Name of professional who is providing care
  4. Letter from Professional/Doctor that diagnosed the disability stating how the disability was diagnosed, what accommodations are being requested and how it relates to the disabilities, given that the examination is largely multiple choice and true/false questions
  5. What accommodations have been received relating to high school and college?
  6. What accommodations were received, if any, for the college admission test?


The national exam (NAVLE: since 11/20/2000, NBE & CCT: 6/3/1980 - 11/19/2000, or the NBE: 1969 - 6/2/1980) is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdiction in North America. The NAVLE is a 360 item, computer based, multiple choice exam offered at computer testing centers and at certain overseas sites operated by Prometric.

 NAVLE Self-Assessments available

  • Four weeks in November/December
  • Two weeks in April

Questions should be directed to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME)