NBVME NAVLE Application (Application #1)

For Candidates Applying for Licensure in the U.S. and U.S. Territories

Updated January 22, 2015

All candidates applying for NAVLE approval through a U.S. state or territorial licensing board may submit their NBVME NAVLE application and fee on-line, directly to the NBVME, with payment of the NBVME NAVLE application fee by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). A link to the NBVME on-line NAVLE application for candidates seeking licensure in the U.S. and U.S. territories will be active on this page during NAVLE application periods as noted below.

  • As an alternative, the NBVME NAVLE application #1 can be submitted on paper, with payment of the application fee by personal check, cashier’s check, certified check, or money order, payable in U.S. funds. A NAVLE application form is included in the printed NAVLE Candidate Bulletin. A pdf version of the NAVLE application form is available on this page during application periods.

When completing your application #1, enter your first and last names exactly as they appear on the non-expired, government-issued, signed, photo identification you plan on presenting at the testing center on the day of your examination, because that information is used in producing your NAVLE Scheduling and Admission Permit, and your permit name and ID name must exactly match or you will not be admitted into the testing center.

All NAVLE candidates must be approved by a licensing board in order to take the examination. Therefore, in addition to completing the NBVME NAVLE application #1, you must also submit a state/territorial NAVLE application #2. Contact your licensing board (or their designated NAVLE processor) and complete the state NAVLE application your board (or their processor) requires, by THEIR application deadline date. The NAVLE Application Procedure Chart on this site provides information on who to contact regarding submission of your state application for NAVLE approval.

Candidates applying to take the NAVLE in order to obtain a license to practice veterinary medicine in Canada must contact the Canadian National Examining Board (NEB) and follow their NAVLE application procedure, requirements and deadlines. NAVLE applications and fees must be submitted directly to the NEB (not to the NBVME) by the NEB’s application deadline date.

Repeating Candidates

If you have taken the NAVLE examination three times or more since the November-December 2007 administration, you should take into consideration the NBVME NAVLE Retake Policy.

NBVME NAVLE Application #1 - Application Periods and Deadlines

  • November-December NAVLE

    The application period for the November-December NAVLE testing window runs from early June to August 1.  The NBVME November-December NAVLE application #1 receipt deadline is August 1.

  • April NAVLE - New candidates
    You are considered a new candidate if you did not take the NAVLE during the immediately preceding November-December testing window, even if you were approved to do so, or if you have taken the examination in the past. The April NAVLE application period for new candidates runs from early December to January 3. The new candidate NBVME April NAVLE application #1 receipt deadline is January 3.

  • April NAVLE - November-December Repeating Candidates
    You are considered a repeating candidate for the April NAVLE if you took the NAVLE during the immediately preceding November-December testing window and did not achieve a passing score. For these repeating candidates, the application period for the April NAVLE testing window runs from mid-January (after November-December scores are released) to February 15. For these repeating candidates only, the NBVME April NAVLE application #1 receipt deadline is February 15.


A link to the NBVME on-line NAVLE application will be available below during the application periods.

NBVME on-line November-December repeating candidate NAVLE application #1


A link to the paper NBVME application form, in pdf format, will be available below during the NAVLE application periods.

NBVME November-December repeating candidate paper NAVLE application #1

When submitting a paper application, the paper application and fee must be received in the NBVME office by the application deadlines noted above.  Late applications will not be accepted.