To apply for the NAVLE you must submit two applications; the NBVME national NAVLE application (application #1), and a state/territorial NAVLE application for approval to take the examination (application #2).
The application below is the NBVME national NAVLE application (application #1). The deadline for receipt of application #1 in the NBVME office is August 1 for the November-December testing window, and January 3 for the April testing window. Instructions will be provided later in this process regarding submission of your state NAVLE application (application #2).
The NAVLE is administered only to bona fide candidates for licensure to practice veterinary medicine. This includes candidates who (i) have graduated from or are enrolled in a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association, or (ii) are enrolled in or hold certificates issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) programs. Candidates who are enrolled in the ECFVG or PAVE must have completed the Step 3 examination requirement of the respective program before they may be approved by a licensing board to take the NAVLE. If you have not graduated from veterinary school at the time of application, you must have an expected graduation date no later than ten months from the last date of the testing window.
If you have applied to take the NAVLE before, regardless of whether you actually took the examination, you must indicate so in item #1 in the next screen, and you will be asked to enter your NAVLE ID number (NAVID). Your NAVID was e-mailed to you at the time of your previous application, and can also be found on your previous score report. If you do not know your NAVID, you must indicate that in application item #1 in the next screen.
You will need to have your credit card information available to complete the processing of your on-line NAVLE application; Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
The NAVLE application fee is $590 U.S.D. There is an additional fee of $275 for overseas testing.
The NAVLE is offered in the United States, U.S. Territories, and Canada, and at selected overseas Prometric Testing Centers in Africa, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. For additional information on available testing centers within these regions, please refer to the Prometric web site: www.prometric.com/NBVME.
In addition to this application #1, you must also submit a state/territorial NAVLE application #2 and all required supporting documentation to one licensing board (or to their designated NAVLE application processor), by their NAVLE application deadline date. State NAVLE application deadlines vary. No state deadline is later than August 1 for the November-December testing window, and January 3 for the April testing window, but some states have earlier deadlines. For additional information, refer to the NAVLE Application Procedure Chart on this page of the NBVME website: http://www.nbvme.org/navle-general-information/navle/.