Contact NBVME

National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

PO Box 1356  //  Bismarck, ND  58502  //  USA
Phone: 701-224-0332
Fax:  701-224-0435



Dr. John R. Boyce
Executive Director

Dr. John R. Boyce is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a 1969 graduate of Detroit's Cass Technical High School. He received his D.V.M. degree from Michigan State University in 1974. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, where he was stationed for two years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. After leaving the Army, he did graduate work at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he received his Ph.D. degree in microbiology. Dr. Boyce served on the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from 1980-87. In 1987, he joined the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in Schaumburg, Illinois, as Assistant Director of Scientific Activities. One of his responsibilities at the AVMA was serving as staff consultant to the National Board Examination Committee (NBEC). When the NBEC became an independent organization in 1995, Dr. Boyce left the AVMA to serve as Executive Director of the NBEC. Dr. Boyce and the NBEC office moved to Bismarck, North Dakota in 1997. Dr. Boyce also serves as Executive Secretary of the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


Anita Casey-Reed
Administrative Assistant

Contact Anita regarding: General inquiries, NAVLE, Qualifying Examination (QE), testing accommodations

Anita is originally from Iowa and is a graduate of New York University (B.A.) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha (M.P.A.). She worked in public television and for several non-profit groups prior to joining the NBVME staff in 2002.


Bridget Whittey
Executive Assistant

Contact Bridget regarding: General inquiries, NAVLE, NAVLE application processing and fee payments

Bridget is a graduate of Bismarck High School, Bismarck State College, and the University of North Dakota (B.S.B.A.). She worked as an administrator in the legal and medical fields prior to joining the NBVME in 2007. 


Laurie Holverson
Office Manager

Contact Laurie regarding: General inquiries, state NAVLE applications (for state approvals handled by NBVME), NBVME meeting and travel coordination

Laurie is a Bismarck native and holds an A.S. in Animal Health Technology from North Dakota State University, graduating with the first class of veterinary technicians. She also holds a B.A. from Dickinson State University. After working as a licensed veterinary technician for 15 years in several Bismarck-Mandan veterinary clinics, she ventured into pharmaceutical wholesale sales, county social service work, real estate, and finally pharmaceutical clinical research, where she spent over 8 years working with local physicians and their patients prior to joining the NBVME staff in June, 2011. 


Tonee VanderVliet
Administrative Assistant

Contact Tonee regarding:  Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment (VCSA), NAVLE Self-Assessments

Tonee is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Equine Science. Tonee worked briefly for a Mandan, ND veterinary clinic prior to joining the NBVME staff in 1999. Tonee is also employed part-time by the North Dakota Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.