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National and State Board Information

NAVLE Test Dates 2011-2012 Academic Year

Students enrolled in the DVM program at the University of Minnesota may take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) when they are within eight months of receiving their DVM degree. The NAVLE is taken at a Prometric Test Center in either an early winter test window (November 14 to  December 10, 2011) or spring test window (April 9-21, 2012).

The deadline for submitting your application to the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine for the November-December test window is August 1, 2011.  The deadline for the April test window is January 3, 2012.  The NAVLE website can be found at  Students planning to take the NAVLE must be approved by a state board. In Minnesota, that is the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, Dr. John King, Director.  If you wish to register through another state visit the website for the American Associate of Veterinary State Boards for contact information in each state.

Complete details and the MN board application form can be found at the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine website.  You may contact Dr. King at 651-201-2844 or via email at

The Minnesota State Board is given to eligible University of Minnesota students in the College of Veterinary Medicine in late March and offered again in late April.  Specific test dates will be announced in January.

Summary of How the Process Works in Minnesota
  1. You submit your NAVLE Application on-line or mail to NAVLE and submit the Minnesota License Application to the MN Board of Vet Medicine (MBVM).  Click on the “Application for NAVLE Approval/License” under Forms on the left column of their website.
  2. The MN Board submits your name to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) for permission to take the NAVLE
  3. NBVME processes your application and notifies the Prometric Test Centers.  (Prometric Test Centers are operated by Thomson Learning, previously known as Sylvan Learning Centers.)  Centers are located in Bloomington, Woodbury, Duluth and Rochester.
  4. NBVME will send you a “scheduling permit”
  5. You contact the Prometric Test Center to schedule a test date in the Nov.15 to Dec. 11 test window.  Schedule as soon as you receive your “scheduling permit”
  6. Your score reports are sent to the MN Board (or to the state board you applied through)
  7. The MN Board will notify you in early February as to the results of the fall testing
Other Important Points

• The NAVLE sample exam questions (60) are available on the NAVLE web site  These sample items will also be in the NAVLE registration book.

• Be prepared to provide five reference letters to the MN Board with your application, at least two must be from veterinarians. Five blank reference letters (to be used by faculty here in the college) are attached to this memo addressed to Dr. King of the Minnesota Board.

• It is very important that you check the box on the NAVLE application that gives consent for your scores to be shared with the University of Minnesota (or with your home institution if you are a Ross, SGU or SMU student).  Without this data, we cannot complete our “outcomes assessment”, a recent addition to AVMA Accreditation requirements for the College.

• The College of Veterinary Medicine will send a blanket letter from Dean Ames for all University of Minnesota seniors indicating that you are in good standing and listing your anticipated graduation date.  (Ross, SGU and SMU students be sure to contact your Dean’s Office as soon as possible for this requirement).

• If you need disability accommodation, be prepared to provide documentation AND apply early in the cycle.

• Be sure to read instructions carefully.  If exam problems occur, students must register a complaint within 10 days to be considered. 

• Contact the Test Center as soon as you receive your Test Scheduling Permit to get your preferred test date and test center location. You may take the NAVLE at any Test Center in the U.S.

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