North American Veterinary Licensing Examination
The national exam (NAVLE, NBE & CCT, or the NBE) is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America. The exam is a 360 item computer based multiple choice offered at computer testing centers and at certain overseas sites operated by Prometric.
- Four (4) weeks in November/December
- Two (2) weeks in April
Questions should be directed to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME).
North Carolina Does Not Accept Reciprocity
NC Veterinary State Exam Eligibility / Requirements / Documents:
1.) One must have graduated from 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.
5.) If a graduate from a non-accredited foreign school/college, one must first complete the American Veterinary Medical Association's Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) be eligible to sit for the NC state exam.
For further details and exam dates, see the "NC Veterinary State Exam Application" below.
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.
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.
Original Date Of Licensure Exam Required
1969 – June 2, 1980 NBE
June 3, 1980 – November 19, 2000 NBE & CCT
November 20, 2000 – Ongoing NAVLE
2.) Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing the application OR either retake the national exam.
3.) 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 two (2) weeks. The fee is $250 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam. NOTE: See application below for test dates and exam process.
NC Veterinary State Exam Application with 2015 test dates SAMPLE EXAM QUESTIONS
NOTE: In order to provide veterinary services to the public in North Carolina, an individual must have a Temporary Permit Certificate or a veterinary license. A Temporary Permit Certificate can be issued to a qualified applicant who has applied to sit for the NC veterinary state examination.
Temporary Permit Application
If ADA accommodations are needed to take an 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?